SparkPeople Almost empty nester Team Messageboard This team if for those who are facing their teens/young adults moving out or starting college--away from home or close by-- Let's get together and share our experiences. SparkPeople Almost empty nester Team Messageboard New to the group Hi! I'm Yvonne and new empty nester. And, not only am I a new empty nester, but hubby is retiring from the military in 2 months, we bought a new house in a new city, and we're trying to figure out how to do the empty nest/retirement/move across country thing all at one time. And, for me, stay mentally strong and continue on my journey to get fit and healthy. <BR> <BR> Our girls are already back to college, a junior 3 hrs away and a freshman 3.5 hours away. And my household goods should... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:52:55 EST Stretching September 2015 Okay, came up with this name for the month! <BR> Dianne, oops to the door---glad the little one could figure out how to open it---LOL I would have been a bit panicy too. Enjoy your weight work out today. What craft did you do with the boy? <BR> Anne, that might be a hard one to find--good luck. Too bad there is not a Sam's club nearby. <BR> Betsy, good luck with all the kids today. <BR> Terri, nice that he finally realized how important family can be and hope the boys had a good time with... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 06:01:36 EST Been away I've been away, but I've been still tracking my activity and food. We went to Quebec City two weekends ago for a quick family vacation. We came back that Sunday and I started back at work with a workshop on Monday. My youngest stepson started school Tuesday and our oldest left Friday for school. My husband and I then brought in 8 tons (400 bags!!!) of wood pellets in 3 hours Saturday morning, then took down the above ground pool we had Sunday. It's been a very busy time, especially now t... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:39:37 EST Hi I'm a new member My is Mary Beth and my one and only child is going off to college in a week and a half. I'm divorced and have no family members in the city I live in and I'm a little worried about how I'm going to react to her being gone. It will be just me and my 2 dogs and a cat Sat, 8 Aug 2015 22:23:22 EST Our 1st time Our oldest will be moving in to the dorms in just over 2 weeks. He'll be playing soccer, so he gets an earlier start. He'll only be an hour away, but it will still be an adjustment for us all. I'm his stepmom, but have helped raised him and his brother for the past 13 years, so I'm just as much a part of his life as his biological parents. Which means, that this transition is just as difficult for me as everyone else. I'm excited for him, but at the same time wish that he was still in h... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 12:29:34 EST Trying to get back on track! O.o Five years ago I was running 5k's and biking easily 70+ miles a week, and walking in between. That ended with a tough bought of pneumonia, then getting RIFed from my school district, and changing schools and districts 3 times, and obtaining my masters through it all. This fall will be the first time in 4 years that I don't have to relocate and recreate the wheel. <BR> <BR> During that time I've ballooned gaining 30 pounds. <em>46</em> I'm so down about it, but can't get myself back i... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 12:24:26 EST TOUCHING TOES AUGUST CHAT 2015 Well, last mont we were reaching for the stars and this month we head in the other direction---good stretch out for our backs, too. You don't have to touch them but the more we try, the more bend we will have. <BR> Dianne, glad you got so much set up yesterday and hope the girls wake up early enough to help out. Too bad you can't do the run with your brother. Good going on those steps after sitting in the car so long. Was she cooking eggs for the breakfast bar or for herself? <BR> Anne, s... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 07:43:07 EST Reach for the Stars July Chat 2015 Title is a great stretch/exercise for July. <BR> I sure hope July is better than June was. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:51:10 EST Hello! New to the team and eager to get started! Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Robin and I am 52 years old. I have been married for 31 years and have 3 biological children and one "bonus" son. My daughter is 29, left for college, came back and stayed for 7 years. She just moved into her own place with her BF and his son (4). Not sure yet if that makes me grandma but hoping so. :) My next oldest is 28 and he has lived on his own for several years about 1 hour away. My "bonus" son was a friend of my son's in high school who had some family pro... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:48:26 EST Jumping June Chat 2015 Here's our new action word for this month---I do some jumping in the deep end---no issues with the joints there---LOL Sun, 31 May 2015 19:52:55 EST I am new to Almost empty nester Hi my name is Marty. I am a single mom. I joined SP Jan 19, 2015. I read an article about how teams can support you. I have never looked up teams before, I just stuck to the teams that were given to me when I joined or I was invited to join. Since then I've been looking at my friends teams to see if they fit me. As well as looking at the teams I am on to see if they fit me. I have been in the process of leaving teams and joining teams. I thought there must be a team for empty nesters. I... Sat, 16 May 2015 12:11:50 EST New to this team Hi! <BR> <BR> I've been on Sparkpeople since January but haven't been very active in the community. Today our son just came home from his freshman year in college. It will be interesting to see how we adjust to the situation. In some ways it's like having a stranger, who has a remarkable similarity to someone you used to know, move into your house. Who is this person and why is my living room filled with things that I haven't seen before? For that matter, all of his things are here but where... Fri, 8 May 2015 19:54:38 EST Dancing around the Maypole Chat---2015 Dianne, hope SIL's surgery goes well---enjoy today with dd3---glad dd2 did not get picked to serve on a jury. <BR> Lindie, at least you could go to the library---and glad your power was not off very long. <BR> Betsy, I am glad for the weekend--and I am taking a 3 day weekend as my mom has the scope done on Monday. And it looks like it will be a beautiful day that day. <BR> Felt good to come home after school yesterday---we both sat out on the porch for about an hour--but today we would not d... Fri, 1 May 2015 05:33:07 EST Splashing into April chat, 2015 No time to read posts but wanted to start the chat this morning. Don't be fooled today! Takin dh for his procedure. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 05:56:36 EST Leaping into March--2015 Good morning! <em>441</em> Hope you like our new theme! <BR> Dianne, sounds lovely---glad you enjoyed that concert. I think we all have trouble with the begats in the Bible. <BR> Lindie, LOL to your challenge and not wanting to be one-upped. Hope you were able to sleep tonight. I did not mind yesterday although it would have been nice to get out. <BR> Terri, want to come do my windows? LOL don't work too hard---maybe Steve needs to take a day off and you all go some place for dinne... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:04:21 EST hello team Hi everyone! <em>213</em> I probably should have joined this team last year when my daughter was a senior in high school. It seems like it was just yesterday that we dropped her off to college back in mid-September. I was feeling sad for a long time, but was also very busy at my job as a teacher for preschoolers with special needs. In other words, I was very stressed out. I am feeling much better now and my class has calmed down since we are halfway through the school year. <BR> <BR> We ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:00:12 EST Loving ourselves Feb. Chat--2015 Hope you like the new name! <BR> Dianne, it amazes me that you find Costco's everywhere you go and I have never been in one and the only one I have ever gone by is the one in DC when I went to pick up and drop off Terri and Steve. <BR> Lindie, want to come clean mine--it is small, too. <BR> Terri, I am envious---it felt good not to go out in the cold here. I bet those kids were having fun---and pine needles are slick, know you have to be careful walking on them. I know I will be out running e... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 07:51:45 EST New to team - Hello Hi, I'm new to this team. My youngest daughter is a senior. She's pretty stressed about choosing a college. I'm trying to get back my motivation. I really hope to lose the weight I've gained in the last 2 years. I need to lose the 20 I've gained back and a few more, too. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 23:12:24 EST Moving into a New Year--Jan. Chat--2015 Good morning! HAPPY NEW YEAR! <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <em>410</em> <BR> Thought this year I will go with Action words for our Chats---and what better way to start the New Year but to get Moving. I try to get in at least a 10 minute walk in the house before I sit down at the computer---it gets the blood flowing, makes the muscles feel better and limbers up my joints. And any movement is exercise---which we all need to do more of this year----well, maybe not Dianne---LOL <BR> Lind... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 07:46:08 EST Things could be worse Now I am on the other side of the street one is back that keeps coming back LOL anyone else in that boat with me. <BR> <BR> <BR> Faith Tue, 30 Dec 2014 21:54:59 EST Finished College etc. Hi I needed to come where like minded like me are. I am from the east coast. I have 3 kids. I call then kids anyway. <em>334</em> son to be 24 wow no kid any more huh. 21 and soon to be 18. I am a SAHM so even though I know this a right of passage it is bitter sweet. My oldest graduated nearly 4 years ago. Moved out with a bitter heart and angry. one year went by and I heard nothing from him. All I could do way pray and worry. This year he called back in February and said that he wanted ... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:32:23 EST Candy Cane Christmas Chat--Dec. 2014 <em>442</em> Good morning, team! The holidays are creeping up on us quickly. <BR> Betsy, glad your dd found her wallet---hope she finds the phone or maybe a custodian found it and it is locked up in the office. Guess your ds is learning things the hard way---now, don't let him hog your computer or put stuff on yours or yours will crash, too. Guess maybe he will have the incentive to go job hunting now. I know what you mean about the kids---I know Doug will be very childlike today, proba... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 05:33:03 EST Thankfulness challenge--a to z Let us post things from A to Z that we are thankful for. <BR> A---for ALL of my Spark friends Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:54:21 EST Nearly there November---2014 Well, we are nearly there to a lot of things---Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, the start of a New Year. <BR> Lindie, sounds like you had a busy week. Hope the weekend gives you time to recoop. Any long weekends coming up for you? I figure Mom can call for help if he falls, etc---but I can't see Andy sitting around with his dad but hoping I am wrong as I do plan to ask him to help. And also Shari---dh and Shari get along pretty well for the most part. <BR> Anne, glad you had a nice night... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 06:11:24 EST Holiday Challenge--2014 Time for a new team challenge! Holidays are approaching, so, using some FlyLady ideas and some other creative outlets, I will try and post a new one each day. <BR> Monday, Oct. 20 <BR> Take a plastic bag(from Walmart or whatever store you get them from)---go around the house and anything that is trash, put in that bag. This is a quick clean, no searching for stuff. If you fill the bag, report back and I will send you a goodie! <em>334</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:09:48 EST Outgoing October Chat---2014 <em>235</em> <em>465</em> Good morning! I almost forgot that today is the first day of October---Yikes---where did September go? <BR> Terri, well, I guess it is alright that you worked on preparing to go work on the other house instead of original plans---heehee----man, you need a big calendar in every room to remind you of stuff---LOL Too bad you missed the games. <BR> Betsy, do you think Box Trolls would be alright for Reagann? at least this one boys will like since it is not girl t... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:22:25 EST Simple September Chat--2014 Good morning! As you could tell, I took the meds yesterday and vegged all day---so lots to catch up on. <BR> Betsy, yikes to the mice out there, but kind of normal for a garage---put some Bounce dryer sheets out there. Glad you will get some chances to drive the car. Too bad the weather was not good for the Jazz Festival. Your roast sounds interesting---and great that you can pack some meals for dh to have this week at school. I am already tired of sandwiches for lunch--LOL <BR> Lindie, ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 06:40:08 EST ACTIVE AUGUST CHAT--2014 Well, this is what we will all be for this month---ACTIVE---All CAN TRY, I VIEW EXERCISE in our future this month---LOL <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:30:23 EST Thank you to everyone who gave help when I joined! Update: My son with Aspergers (I will NEVER spell that correctly!) He has been going out every week hiking, kayaking, and back packing. Some on his own, some with a GROUP of friends. One of these camping groups met up with an other camping group, shared the space and had almost 50 people!! This with the kid who couldn't have 5 people in the same room! <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> He also has a friend (older gentleman) who started making wooden pens. We laughed at his last... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:04:22 EST Hello I hope you all don't mind a new addition to the team. My oldest will be leaving for college in about a month. Dh and I won't be empty nesters though - still have a 15yo son at home. <BR> <BR> I have been a part of SP for a while but not terribly dedicated to my journey. Looking to find a group of pals to interact with for encouragement, motivation and commradarie. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:41:52 EST Jumping Jehosaphat, it's July! 2014 LOL---aren 't I creative with our title this month? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:37:44 EST Joyous June Chat 2014 Welcome to the new chat---since school ends this month, thought we might as well be joyous this month--LOL <BR> Betsy, it's this generation's mind set--responsibility is not something a lot of them understand---and I hope it will not ruin their relationship---but you know your son---maybe if he does you should set some ground rules about him coming back--like paying rent even at home. Maybe some day he will meet someone who will make him want to be responsible. At least he is going ahead wi... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 06:48:48 EST Rosey May Chat 2014 Here we are, May already! Since we often get roses for Mother's day, I chose this name. <BR> The benefits of this is yet to be seen---no new members---LOL---and we are too "large" a team for the nice new feature they were offering for leaders to send goodies to really work well. And I do hate the Wall! I am afraid Michele won't drop us a note now and then or is she does, we will miss it. But like Lindie said, I do find it easier to read this format. Lots of complaints about losing links ... Thu, 1 May 2014 05:31:21 EST TuLips April 2014 Chat Hey, Happy April Fools Day! Gosh, I hate working on this day at a High School---geez! Do you get the title? Tue, 1 Apr 2014 05:33:44 EST SHAMROCKS BLOOMING CHAT--MARCH 2014 Sorry, forgot it was March already! Sat, 1 Mar 2014 07:17:34 EST Hearts Afire Chat---Feb. 2014 Wow, Feb. already! <BR> Dianne, hope the new snow gives you some great skiing the next 2 weeks. <BR> Lindie, enjoy the pedicure---hope your nephew turns himself around and makes good use of the classes. <BR> Terri, at least you knew what to do on the computer--how come so many dishes to wash? <BR> Have a busy morning---meeting Deb at 8 for our walk in the mall---can only walk about an hour as I need to go to the bank and then to church by 10 for a ladies meeting. Then the afternoon is mine--... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 06:10:00 EST New to team - 2 in college and 2 in high school Hello, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself! I am back on SP after a few years away! I have 4 kids all are still at home as follows: <BR> DD age 22 graduating college in May <BR> DS age 19 sophomore in college <BR> DS age 17 junior in high school <BR> DD age 14 freshman in high school <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to meeting others with adult kids and learning how best to be a parent in this phase of my kids' lives while also getting support on my weight loss journey! <BR> <BR> Te... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:51:45 EST Jumping January--2014 <em>235</em> to the new 2014 Chat! Let's get our heartrates up and jump in with both feet. We can make this the best year ever! <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:35:46 EST 2014 Weekly Challenge Okay---our weeks are going to run from Wednesday to Tuesday since the year starts that way. This is the basic plan for the month---1st week---Kitchen/dining room and Cardio <BR> 2nd week---Living room/family room and arms 3rd week---Master bedroom and legs and <BR> 4th week---Bathroom/other rooms and middle section of abs and back. I will post ideas for the 7 days and you can decide what works best with your schedule. Please post how you are doing and if there are links to help with ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:24:10 EST Merry Christmas to my friends I just want to say a very sincere and heartfelt "Merry Christmas" to this team. You keep me smiling, you give me someone to "talk to" every day, you make me worry about someone not in my family, you FEEL like family, you share your life with me, you care about my troubles and my joys. I wish the virtual goodies could be real things that I sent to you because I value your friendship and your guidance and your caring. <BR> <BR> So--Merry Christmas to each of you! Tue, 24 Dec 2013 15:41:12 EST Bells are Ringing Chat--Dec. 2013 Wow, December is here! Time to start ringing those bells and sounding out the joy of the Holiday Season. Going to start a new challenge for you---Pass the Candy Cane---I will start and send it to one of you and post who you need to send it on to---then you pass it on to that person. Should be fun to see how many candy canes we can collect. <BR> Lindie, wonder if mine will go that way. I have it just need the box right now.. <BR> Betsy, sounds like you had a good day yesterday. And I aqre... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 06:01:02 EST 36 day Christma /Holiday challenge I will still be doing a daily challenge that will be geared toward exercise while this is the fun side of a daily challenge---you just decide which one to do which day---whatever fits your schedule---and some days you might do more than one if you have a super busy schedule. These are not in any order. And it is 36 days if you start on the 25th of November and go thru New Year's day. <BR> 1. Read a Christmas story---a child's book or a story in a magazine or online. <BR> 2. Christmas Cards-... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:00:21 EST hello Hello, <BR> I'm Kathy. My only child is a HS senior this year and this team seems like a good fit. We live in Toledo, Oh and my son is waiting to hear if he will be accepted at Ohio State. He has already been accepted at U of Toledo but OSU is his dream school. I'm sure I will need a lot of support and glad to join this team. Sun, 17 Nov 2013 17:39:23 EST Don't Wanna be Stuffed Turkey Chat--Nov. 2013 <em>428</em> Original, aren't I? LOL <BR> Anne, glad she was not sore and was okay---so who is getting charged with the accident? <BR> I went to the Med Center---ended up with 4 prescriptions and 2 over the counter meds----geez---and I hate taking meds! LOL On prednisone for 4 days as she heard a little something in the lungs and wanted to make sure it did not get worse, then Flonase--that stuff is expensive, the little cough pills if I need them---I really like those things---they work ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:42:13 EST Goodie Challenge Game--Nov./Dec. 2013 This is a kind of counting game---we will start with 10--then the person who has 11 will send a goodie to someone---everytime you post and you have a double number---examples would be 22, 101, 131, 144, etc. And put Goodie Time after the double number----with the holidays coming up, figure this was a good way to send a goodie to a team member---and it does not have to be one who is playing the game--you may send it to someone who has posted who is not been on lately. But it can also be for ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:30:20 EST Nov/Dec walking challenge--2013 Okay, for all those with some kind of pedometer---lets keep a running total of our steps for the next 2 months. I know we are not a large number of participants but I think we can hit one million in 2 months. Post when you can and add your total to the team total each time. I will probably post the day after---so will post for Nov. 1 on the 2nd. Also, set a goal for yourself and if you meet your goal, post a goal met emoticon if you feel like it. My goal is 10000 steps each day except fo... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:26:25 EST Horn of Plenty of Chat--Oct. 2013 Thought I would go ahead and get us started for October! <em>426</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:01:46 EST Hello Cant believe summer is over but Im so ready to get back on track with diet and exercise program..After eating and drinking badly all summer especially this weekend I would love and need to lose about 20 lbs it is hard my friends I hang out with are all drinkers and dont exercise I actually do go to the gym for a group personal training session two days a week but my diet has been so bad It has not made much difference so I am ready to buckle down <em>249</em> if anyone would like to share... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 11:14:41 EST Cool September Chat--2013 Well, since last month was a hot chat, thought I would try and cool us down--and hoping the weather will cool down pretty quick, too. <BR> Sunday's challenge---Make a new list for September of things you would like to accomplish---remember to include fun as well as house related things on your list. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:12:32 EST Hot August Chat--2013 Here we go ----off to another Hot month---thanks, Terri, for the idea---I was thinking on that kind of topic so it did fit. <BR> Terri, glad your dh had off yesterday and got things done at your house before you leave. So, what did you sew? <BR> Faith, I am sure your exercising in the pool is also helping those hips, too. A good one for the pool and for land is to stand and move your leg out to the side---it loosens up those hip muscles and helps me when mine are hurting. Also the IT band ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 06:32:52 EST Firework chat---July 2013 <em>283</em> Thought this would be a good title for this month's chat---Enjoy! <BR> And Monday's challenge---clean your front door---the outside---often a overlooked spot! Sun, 30 Jun 2013 22:09:25 EST June Summer's coming Chat 2013 Good morning! This month's challenge is drinking your water---with summer starting and the temps going up---drinking water is really important! So something to report on each day for all of us---this on top of our daily challenge. <BR> Lindie, sometimes hard to configure rooms---what kind of holes are they? could you put duct tape over these areas, esp. if hidden by your bed? Good luck with figuring it out. <BR> Betsy, yuck to the bugs! I got my Spark mail. <BR> Hope everyone made their ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 06:57:11 EST Maypole Chat---2013 Well, I did think of Camelot and almost did the Lusty Month of May chat---LOL <BR> LIndie, definitely should try out that Lazyboy chair bed before buying---and I mean lay on it for at least 15 minutes---and much harder to replace that mattress when needed---and it might be like a sofa bed, not that comfortable to sit on---even if it is Lazy Boy. Do like the looks of it though. And like the Ikea, esp. the storage options underneath. <BR> Anne, at least you got it balanced--that is a headach... Wed, 1 May 2013 05:47:28 EST April Variety Challenge--2013 Monday---make your new list for April <BR> Tuesday--Pick a spot to declutter today. <BR> Wednesday- --Leg exercises today <BR> Thursday---Stretch! <BR> Friday---Send someone a goodie! <BR> Saturday---do something from your list. <BR> Sunday----relax with a magazine or a book today. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 17:19:59 EST DAFFODIL CHAT---APRIL 2013 The daffodils are so pretty that I thought I would use that for our chat this month---enjoy! Sun, 31 Mar 2013 22:43:46 EST New to Team Hi! I have been looking everywhere for a group of people who are like me... <BR> My name is Amy, I am 39 and have an almost 21 yr old, an 18 yr old about to graduate high school and an almost 14 yr old about to end his 'career' at middle school. <BR> <BR> Not many people I meet are in the same boat; where they are still 'young' with adult children and with the freedom to more adult things. Many are either much older than I am or just starting their families. <BR> <BR> Hoping maybe this mi... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:02:38 EST Exercise our parts! Here is my idea. Every day of the week will be a different part to focus on. So--starting on Monday: <BR> <BR> Monday--arms--biceps and triceps <BR> Tuesday--quads and hamstrings <BR> Wednesday--upper back and chest <BR> Thursday--calves and feet and wrists and hands <BR> Friday--shoulders <BR> Saturday--abs and lower back <BR> Sunday--rest! <BR> <BR> I will try to help post some ideas but you can use the same exercise every week. If you have a suggested exercise, post it here. If none are... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 19:01:47 EST March Variety Challenge Friday, March 1---March in place---or around the house if you want to! Just get the legs up nice and high. And you can add to this by using some weights and lifting your alternate arm up as you lift your leg. <BR> Saturday, March 2---Hope you made your list---do something from it! Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:51:21 EST LUCKY ME CHAT--March 2013 LOL---thought of St. Patrick's Day for our title this month! <BR> Carol, glad you are home---I woke up from a nightmare about mom and the rehab--geez <BR> I will enjoy that trip to the flower show---I always feel better around flowers. <BR> March 1st challenge---March in place! <em>246</em> <em>311</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 05:52:09 EST Out she goes again DD2 leaves Wednesday. DD3 left 1/11. DD1 is married and moved out. They come home for a bit and then leave again. This time--no idea when she'll be home. She wants to find an internship that will cover the summer and hopefully find a full time job to start in Sept--in the Midwest. DD3 is looking for an internship for the summer in WI or MI or MN. So--I may be without kids for the full summer. I HATE the not-knowing. So--my own little pity-party will be held this week. I know I have done a ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 19:38:56 EST Feb. 2013 Exercise your parts Challenge. Okay, something a little different this month. Along with tracking our minutes, we will concentrate on exercises for a particular part of the body this month. Each Saturday I will post what part of the body we will concentrate on---and know that all of us do different types of exercises so it would be nice to post different ones you try with a short explanation of how to do it. Starting on Feb. 2 to the 8th--we will concentrate on arms. <em>34</em> <em>362</em> <em>320</em> <em>3... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 18:29:49 EST Heart to heart Chat---Feb. 2013 <em>129</em> 2 hearts are better than <em>26</em> But a bunch is even better! Hope you all like the title for this month! <em>247</em> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:07:31 EST Variety Clutter busting Challenge--Feb. 2013 Welcome to February! We will concentrate on our clutter but with some other things thrown in----Hope you all made your list for Feb. of things you want to get done---serious and fun included. <BR> Friday, Feb. 1---Pick a spot in your kitchen---a drawer, a counter, a shelf in your cupboard---organize it and if you haven't used it in a while, do you really need it? Remember that clutter can interfere with your journey in life! <BR> Saturday, Feb. 2--Organize a section of your closet. Do you ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:57:17 EST Son moved out Hi friends, <BR> My son graduated from college last summer (Emerson College in Boston). He came home to Maryland and spent the fall with my husband and me. He worked, saved up some money, and spent time building his portfolio (he is a film major, with interest in animation). <BR> This past weekend, he moved back to Boston. We drove him and his things and helped him move in with a friend. When we left him, my heart broke. On one hand, I am so happy that he wants to spread his wings and is... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 07:16:10 EST Variety Challenge--Jan. 2013 forgot to start this on the First---but did post challenges each day. <BR> Here is the list for Jan.6 thru 12-- <BR> Sunday, Jan. 6---Do something from your list. (Did you remember to do a new list of January? If not, make the list today for your challenge. And make sure you include some fun things on it) <BR> Monday, Jan. 7---Pack a healthy lunch(or if you are eating at home, make sure it is a healthy one) <BR> Tuesday, Jan. 8--Try a Spark Exercise Video today---there are some good short o... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 07:17:32 EST 2013 New Year/New Me Chat---January Okay, do you want to get serious? Time to make yourself over---start small---and work your way up! <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <BR> Let's have fun and motivate each other this year! And Thanks for all the support we have given each other in 2012---may we continue to be as supportive as we have been---and may we all see progress in all forms of our lives! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:31:37 EST Jan. 2013 Exercise Minute Challenge OKAY, time to get our butts in gear and get some minutes towards our goals. And since we all are more motivated in January, how about 1000 minutes as your goal for the month? Hope to see more of us participating this month! <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>358</em> <em>237</em> <em>319</em> <em>318</em> <em>216</em> <em>185</em> <em>363</em> <em>182</em> <em>311</em> <em>324</em> <em>231</em> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <em>320</em> <em>362</em> ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:40:23 EST 2013 Joyful thoughts Topic Thought I would give it a new title for the New Year. We have so much to be thankful for each day---we just have to look for it on some days. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:22:23 EST 2013 Question of the week(or month) For all your early birds---LOL---1st Question for the New Year---What do you wish to accomplish this year? Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:16:02 EST new to this group I just thought I should introduce myself. I joined spark a few years ago, but I did not participate much. However, since the beginning of October, I started trackingg my food, and exercising. It's working, I lost 10 pounds! (I should lose 40 more, but it's a start) I have 4 kids. Both of my daughters graduated from college last summer, and they both have jobs!!!! Also, my younger daughter got married in August!! I still have 2 boys, ages 22 and 17 who keep me busy. ... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:24:11 EST December Exercise Doesn't have to be a challenge but I am going to try to at least tie my 1250 minutes for December. I got 100 minutes today so I'm at about 115 (don't ask about the weekend--I do better Mon-Fri). <BR> <BR> Anyone else in?? If not, this will just be me reporting.... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 18:52:57 EST HO HO HO Chat--Dec. 2012 Hope this brings a chuckle or at least a smile to your face. Have a Great December and chat away! Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:29:35 EST December 2012 Variety Challenge Dec. 1---sing a favorite Christmas song while doing chores today. <BR> Dec. 2--Give thanks today for something. <BR> Dec. 3--Start working on your Christmas Card list today---plan to do a few a day. <BR> Dec. 4---Exercise to Christmas music today <BR> Dec. 5--do something nice for someone today <BR> Dec. 6--Check in on a Spark friend you have not heard from for a while <BR> Dec. 7--if you are out and about, drop something in the Salvation Army kettle. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:18:25 EST November Variety Challenge The start of a new month----First on the agenda is create a new list to use this month---we will have a challenge on this several times---don't forget to put some holiday rituals on this one. <BR> Friday, Nov. 2---Getting chilly out there---enjoy some hot chocolate or hot cider! <BR> Saturday, Nov. 3----Rake some leaves----great exercise! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 07:24:35 EST Turkey Trot Chat--November 2012 <em>429</em> Welcome to November! <BR> Gee, what happened to everyone yesterday---did the Tricksters get you? LOL We only had 6 of them last night---number was way down. <BR> Today's challenge---make a new list for the month! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 07:20:55 EST November Exercise Challenge Okay, this will be the start of a rough couple of months for us---and exercised will help with those tempting foods and will also make us feel better. Set your own goals on minutes and let us know how you are doing thru out the month. <em>381</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:48:39 EST Christmas Trees Ok.. so a cold front came through today and it's COLD outside. I will have to turn the heat on when I get home. Makes me think of Christmas which makes me want to put the tree up. Ha!! I know, I know.. it's too early let's do Halloween first. :) <BR> <BR> BUT it made me want to ask the question.. when do you put your tree up? I usually do the week of Thanksgiving or sooner if I can get away with it. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:10:59 EST Good Afternoon! Hi everyone! <BR> I have been all around these teams looking for one where I might fit in. One that's not crazy busy so that I can keep up and actually get to know people. <BR> <BR> My name is Trish and I'm 40 years old. I live in Missouri with my husband and chihuahua Charlie. My oldest son is 22 and lives in Florida. He is studying to be a chef and is doing an externship at Disney. My daughter is a freshman at Kansas State University. I never thought I would be so loney with both the k... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:34:33 EST Time for me! <BR> Hello! My name is Renee and I have recently sent my youngest son to college. I think it is now time to think about me and get my weight back under control. I am not really an empty nester because I have moved in with my mother and my son and his family has moved in too lol. I have a long distance relationship with a great guy that I met on the internet and hopefully one day we will not be long distance. I have been on SP for two years and lost 65 lbs. I have gained over half of it back,... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:41:27 EST Crisp October 2012 Chat Welcome to October! Everyone must have been busy yesterday. Have a great day and create a new list for the month! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 05:49:32 EST Oct. 2012--Variety Challenge Monday, Oct. 1---Make a new list---look at what you had on last month's list to see what you did not get done to help with this list---and don't forget to include some fun things. <BR> Tuesday, Oct. 2--take a walk---don't forget to put in the Minutes Challenge <BR> Wednesday, Oct. 3---Stretch out those muscles after working out. <BR> Thursday, Oct. 4--Give a goodie to encourage a friend <BR> Friday, Oct. 5---Wall pushups---do at least 3 sets <BR> Saturday, Oct. 6---Do something from your lis... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:39:03 EST October 2012 Exercise minute challenge Goal for this month is 1000 minutes. If this is too high for you, set our own goal---a little higher than September's minutes. I know I just missed the 1000 minutes this month but we have several on the team that go over this. Let's see how we do ---you can post daily, every couple of days, weekly---whatever fits your schedule. <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:31:17 EST help,I"m sinking I have been on and off this site for over a year, popping in and out. Now I am truly an empty nester, and I am losing it. Dear son is at a military academy and we have almost no contact with him at all,he calls home maybe once a month; he is super stressed and busy and feels like he cant afford the time to call home even . . .dear daughter graduated from college and we thought she would live with us while she looked for work, but she has chosen to travel all over the country--mostly in the... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 07:36:04 EST Gearing Up For Fall <em>465</em> <em>422</em> AS fall is fast approaching and people will be bringing out their fall jackets, sweaters, and what not, I thought it a good idea to remind people to please be careful what you bring out of storage and check for insects that might be dwelling in your woolies - <em>420</em> in particular like wool and go in there to nest, they can give you a nasty bite so please check these things before you wear them. <BR> <BR> No one really wants summer to end but the coo... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 23:39:37 EST Developing 12 New Healthy Living Patterns/Habits I wanted to start a new topic under challenges to get myself and others into the head space of changing our bad habits into good habits. One of the first things I wanted to do was find another word for "habit" - we all have our likes and dislikes and we all develop patterns of living that suit our comfort needs. Quite often developing new habits - or living patterns means we have to go outside our comfort needs in order to change them . <BR> <BR> On one of my other teams a friend is making c... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 16:18:12 EST Thank You Team Thank you for Spark Goodie ! Lorie Sun, 2 Sep 2012 15:18:11 EST Refreshing Sept. 2012 Chat LOL---used Lindie's suggestion for the chat title. <BR> Lindie, good suggestion and maybe use it for the January challenge as a lot of people need refreshing after the holidays. I am not very good on setting up team challenges at the bottom and often find that they are the same as on other teams so often people don't notice or use them on their goals pages because of that---I know I don't because of repetition---but a good idea and if others say they want them, then I can work on adding the... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 06:57:03 EST SEPT. 2012---VARIETY CHALLENGE Okay, with me being so busy and not having access to Spark at work---I will post challenges for a week. Please report back when you can on how you are doing on this. <BR> SATURDAY--SEPT. 1---Make a new list of things you would like to accomplish in September---remember to put a couple of fun things on there, too. <BR> SUNDAY--SEPT.2--RELAX <BR> MONDAY--SEPT. 3---LABOR DAY---Do something from your list. <BR> TUESDAY--SEPT. 4---Take a walk <BR> WEDNESDAY--SEPT. 5--Stretch <BR> THURSDAY--SEPT. ... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:42:26 EST Sept. 2012---GOOD AND BAD--STARTING OVER CHALLENGE Okay, kids are back in school and a lot of us plan on getting back to basics of our journeys. The Challenge this month is to the post the Good and the Bad---so that we can learn from our journeys---here we can cheer one on or offer ideas on how to change our lifestyles to better choices. Good luck and post your plans as well to start off. <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:33:34 EST Jan. 2012--Good and Bad--Starting over challenge Okay, kids are back in school and a lot of us plan on getting back to basics of our journeys. The Challenge this month is to the post the Good and the Bad---so that we can learn from our journeys---here we can cheer one on or offer ideas on how to change our lifestyles to better choices. Good luck and post your plans as well to start off. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:30:40 EST I am a fraud Ok, so DD is leaving for college for the first time on FRIDAY. I am really trying to cope with it, but it really hasn't hit me yet. DH thinks it has because I am doing all the right things for/with her...packing, buying stuff, laundry, etc.... But I'm not okay with it... We were supposed to go to the movies on Tuesday night, but I was too tired. So I thought, oh, that's okay we'll go next week....but we WON'T because she won't be here!! If only we had another's come too soon. <BR> ... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:56:13 EST AM I OVERREACTING??? Okay, so I know that DD is going away to school in a couple of weeks...I've been telling myself that for months now. I am SLOWLY starting to realize that it will soon become a reality. <BR> <BR> BUT, my DS, who is 18, is going to college locally and will be living at home. So, we got him a laptop for school about a week ago. Now it's like I NEVER see him anymore!! He is either at his GF house or in his room video chatting with her. A few days ago he didn't even come out of his room until di... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 21:40:59 EST Hi. Glad I found this team! Hi, I have two sons. One is going to college in a couple of weeks. The other one is a junior, so college is coming quickly for him. I knew this would be a difficult time, but I'm finding its harder than I expected. Not ready to send them off, but I know I have to. <BR> Cindi Fri, 3 Aug 2012 16:07:03 EST Not so new here Hi all, I'm Megg and I initially joined back in November. But then I got sick and gained back all the weight I lost and more. I'm committed to get back on track again no matter what! My daughter will be going away to college at the end of August and my son is going locally. So soon I will be a semi-empty-nester! Tue, 31 Jul 2012 23:02:47 EST August 2012 Daily Challenge- ---Variety On this challenge, I will post different things to aim for each day---sometimes the night before and sometimes in the morning ----some will be exercise and some will be motivational---hope you enjoy the variety----and if you miss a day, you can catch up when you can or just do that day's. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:16:36 EST August Exercise Challenge--2012 Okay, we have some newcomers that I hope will participate---aiming for at least 500 fitness minutes for the month of August---and you can aim higher if you desire---just come and post here how you are doing on your own schedule---daily, weekly , or whenever! Let's get moving in August! Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:14:09 EST AWESOME AUGUST CHAT 2012 Well, Gals, August is here and I sure plan to make it an awesome one---thinking positive in getting my eating under control and more exercise in this month than last. And look for 2 new challenges---and I posted a new question of the week earlier. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:09:33 EST Hi - I'm Hannah, looking for ideas I am currently struggling with the almost empty nest syndrome. Daughters #1 and #2 are both moving out. Daughter #2 moved to Milwaukee - she's a senior in college. Rented an apartment for the next year. Daughter #1 is moving to AZ in a week. I still have 2 at home, 17 and 11. It has been such an emotional summer. I can't balance my self. Any suggestions? Sun, 29 Jul 2012 20:24:46 EST One down....two(?) to go! Hi - we have 3 boys (men) all in their 20's. Our middle son who has several medical challenges is the one who has flown first - 10 states away. He is doing great! <BR> <BR> Instead of now having two left at home....the older son's girlfriend has moved into the spare bedroom. While we look forward to the day when everyone is on their own, the fact is that it is too expensive in this part of the world. Sun, 8 Jul 2012 08:33:29 EST Transition time to Empty Nest Hello all! <BR> This summer marks the beginning of "the empty nest" in our household! <BR> Judging by how I was handling all of the change this past year as our youngest finished high school, I knew that this summer might be a challenge.... <BR> My eldest has been away from home for quite some time and my middle child has come and gone several times (although now he's moved an entire Province away!)...and my youngest is off to college this fall on the mainland. <BR> September it will be offic... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 12:58:16 EST Insurance for College Student "stuff" I just want to pass on some info--we have purchased CSI College Student Insurance for our daughters. Home owners may/may not cover all the stuff that college kids have off at school. DD1 had her laptop computer stolen--and this paid off for her. She also had pipes freeze and then water leak into the rooms--and all her stuff, had it been damaged, would have been covered. I do not own stock in this--no financial interest--but I have talked to the people and find they are easy to deal with and ... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 12:18:41 EST July SPARKLING Chat--2012 I am back in PA from Michigan---will post more of trip once I get thru the 200+ emails I am trying to clean out---LOL---missed you guys a lot! Sun, 1 Jul 2012 11:17:29 EST 19 the new TERRIBLE TWO'S I am new here so HELLO...:) I have been married to my wonderful husband Steve for almost 24 years. We have a 17 year old daughter who is gonna be a senior and a young adult 19 year old son. Can I just say I am glad no one warned me of what to expect from a 19 year old I KNOW MOM kid or I may not having given birth to begin with! I love him to pieces and I see him making great strides in his life...really I do! It has just been a roller coaster of emotions from him wanting independence to acti... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 21:51:52 EST June/July Challenge- --Exercise and Minutes I have been trying to do a 5 minute exercise challenge every day--ideally every morning. It can be 2-3 sets of one ST exercise or it can be one of the short videos (or a longer one if you have time) but the ST exercises are something I think we all need to focus on. <BR> <BR> I have been doing whatever I feel like that day--so I do a lot of upper body (with weights or resistance bands). If you need ideas, look at the strength exercises and just go down the list! Switch them up--upper body, l... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 07:59:59 EST JUNE DAILY CHALLENGE 2012 WEll, I could not think of any one thing to work on so thought we could do something a little different--each day a new challenge will be posted---one day might be an exercise---the next day it could be a housekeeping chore----or maybe a personal challenge. Hope you like this idea and join in with me as we experiment with this idea. <BR> Challenge for June 1---It's a Friday, a time for an errand ---park further away from wherever you go today and get some extra steps in. Thu, 31 May 2012 21:08:52 EST JUNE "BUGS" CHAT 2012 WELCOME TO THE NEW CHAT FOR JUNE! <BR> May sure flew by quickly. Time to turn over a new leaf and get ourselves going. Hope some of you will join in the challenges for the month. Thu, 31 May 2012 21:03:11 EST Newbie on your team Hi all. I've been sparking a little over a year. Still sparking (yeah). My daughter just chose her college and she will be dorming away come fall. This is our first experience with college and dorming so I want to be prepared. I am here for the support and knowledge of this team to make this a smooth transition. Wed, 9 May 2012 04:29:35 EST May 2012 Sprucing Up our outside areas Ah, Spring fever is hitting---time for us to do a bit of concentrating on our outside areas----cutting grass, trimming bushed, cleaning out flower beds, planting new plants, maybe even some painting. Let's see what kind of projects you are planning to work on and how you are progressing on them this month. Tue, 1 May 2012 09:51:54 EST May Exercise Challenge 2012 Okay---I am one of these---not much strength exercise in my routine----so the challenge this month is to continue to post your minutes but also to post what kind of strength exercises you are doing to help others get some ideas for that. And if you are good at links, post some of Spark's videos or others that show good but easy to do ones. <em>325</em> <em>326</em> <em>23</em> <em>34</em> <em>323</em> <em>317</em> <em>85</em> Tue, 1 May 2012 06:08:12 EST LUSTY MONTH OF MAY 2012 CHAT LOL---saw your idea, Dianne---but I love this line from the May song in Camelot so chose that instead. <BR> Lindie, with low bp, not sure if that is a good idea to lower yours----if you feel too bad, call him back or go to the ER---you can drop it too low---although they put me on bp meds when mine was really low---but I had to cut those little pills in half and take half in the am and half in the pm <BR> Terri---at least yours goes back to them---my dh starts something and then just leaves i... Tue, 1 May 2012 06:01:00 EST Decision for the HS seniors? So where are the kids going? I know Luke is NYU but don't know any other decisions for the current HS seniors. Let us know? Sat, 21 Apr 2012 12:06:27 EST Just Joined the Team Hi! I'm Betsy and we have 3 boys. The oldest is 23, just graduated from Ohio State and started a job in Columbus (we live in MA). The middle one is 19 and a freshman at Ohio State. The youngest is 17 and a jr in high school, so we're looking at colleges. He'd like to be in FL. <BR> <BR> Now that the youngest is driving, has a girlfriend, busy with work and school activities, I'm really feeling the empty nest already! <BR> <BR> I'm also a returnee to SP...I lost 70 pounds and have gained it... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 08:36:25 EST April 2012 SPRING CLEANING CHALLENGE Okay, time to think of airing out things---like washing our curtains, changing our bedding, putting away those thick sweaters, etc. Some of these things can be tracked as heavy cleaning--such as cleaning cabinets and walls---anything that really gets your heart rate up---and that will help with your fitness challenge, too----So let's get to it! Sun, 1 Apr 2012 07:04:09 EST April 2012 EXERCISE CHALLENGE Big push for this month---with the warmer weather and time outside---let's all try for 1000 minutes--- <em>306</em> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 06:59:10 EST SPRINGING INTO APRIL 2012 CHAT GOOD MORNING! <em>257</em> <em>67</em> <em>27</em> <em>67</em> <em>54</em> <em>259</em> <em>87</em> <em>126</em> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>453</em> <em>451</em> <em>452</em> <em>257</em> <em>67</em> <em>27</em> <BR> It's time for a new month of chat---hope you like the new title! <BR> Lindie sounds like you have quite a bit planned for your 5 weeks to keep you busy---will you also be going to Charise's graduation during that time? <BR> Carol, I know I am gla... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 06:51:18 EST Sayings--funny or profound I wanted to share this one--it REALLY hit me. <BR> <BR> "If you are tired of starting over, stop quitting." Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:41:46 EST Relationship Drama - Perspective, Please My DS (I see people use this and I assume it means dear son) began dating a girl last April. Like the smart person I am, I encouraged him to FIND A FRIEND – A FRIEND – to take to his senior prom since he wasn’t dating anyone and didn’t plan to go. A girl that he worked with at one time, a Facebook friend, said she would go with him. Well, of course, they fell in LOVE. <BR> <BR> GF is nice enough, but everything has moved so quickly in their relationship. She is almost 21, while DS is not qu... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:41:08 EST New Here with a Semi-Empty Nest Hi! I'm Clare. So happy to have found you all. My 18 year old son is working full-time and is gone more than he's home. He's an only child and my husband usually works nights, so I am getting used to lots of time alone. After so many years of having to be available 24/7, this is a little weird. I enjoy the alone time, but still feel a little lost and lonely. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:52:47 EST Newbie Hi Everyone, I'm not quite an empty nester and I dread that day. My sweet baby girl will be 19 this week and is spreading her wings. She goes to college and commutes from home, she was in 4H and raised goats, she doesn't want to give up her goats aka our pets, so she decided to stay home for college. For this I am so very thankful. I can't imagine our home without her in it. Her father and I have been married for almost 25 years, and well, he's a bit boring and grumpy. Claire is the li... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:22:19 EST New here Hi, <BR> <BR> I joined Sparkpeople and first getting involved now. I picked this team because my daugher is in her Senior year, just got accepted (last night) to Rider University and well come September I will be an empty nester. Part of me can't wait, part of me is sad. I am married to a wonderful husband for 18 years now. I work full time and love my job most days. <BR> <BR> My goal is to feel better and lose 40lbs. Short term I want to lose like 15 by end of May. <BR> <BR> Thanks... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 13:10:04 EST Comments on Schools You know I teach science as a "field trip"--kids come to our park and we have them for 4 hours. We do forest or rocks or fossils--whatever the subject matter is for that season/year. <BR> <BR> We have a couple of schools that think they should send 2 classes at the same time--a regular class AND a special needs class. "We don't want the special needs children to be left out." They are very welcome to come as a class but I don't think they should come WITH a regular class. They do NOT norma... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 20:56:46 EST Lion or Lamb March Chat 2012 Here's the new chat for the month---did your March come in like a Lion or a Lamb? Mine is coming in as a Lamb---so that means I better watch out for the rest of the month. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 05:51:20 EST March Kitchen Challenge I don't always want to do dishes or stuff in the kitchen after dinner----sigh---but my goal for this month is to have the clean dishes out of the dish washer and the dirty dishes in before I go to bed. Also, I am working on keeping the clutter down in there too. So, clean counters is the goal for the month of March---let's make this a habit! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 18:32:16 EST March Exercise Challenge Last month it was 500 minutes---and most met and surpassed that. So this month the goal is 750 minutes-----Come on ---we can do this! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 18:28:43 EST Almost Empty Nester Hi, I'm Betty. I am 62 and have been a single mom for 16 years. My daughter is graduating from college this year (age 23). <BR> <BR> Although she hasn't lived at home since high school, she lives only 30min away, so I do see and talk with her. Actually, I had a very tough time when she entered adolescence, it was like losing my daughter and having her replaced by a wholly different person. I became very ill with depression and our relationship has been rocky since then. <BR> <BR> Howe... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 08:48:08 EST i know it's me i know it's me but i feel like i just don't belong anywhere. is it ok if i just join in the ongoing conversations? you all seem to enjoy and share with each other and i just feel like and outsider, what am i doing wrong? melissa <em>38</em> Sat, 18 Feb 2012 05:26:20 EST New to this whole thing! Hi. I have never blogged, twitted (is that a word?) or even facebooked,really I have a facebook account but that was to keep in touch with my son in Afghanistan and he is home, so I don't go on anymore. So this is a stretch for me. but here I am and I want to be successful. Time for new things and new challenges. Let go of the past and find a new beginning. My son's would say if they knew...Go for it MOM! thank you for letting me join and I hope it works! <BR> Vicki Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:29:48 EST Daily check-in: how do you feel today? It good for me to acknowledge how I am feeling on a daily basis. I find it ties into my tendency to stand in front of the fridge despite not being sure if I'm even hungry. I feel___________.., is going to be one of my challenges and would like team members to join and support. mmmk? <BR> <BR> At this early morning I FEEL tired and restless at the same time. Not hungry or thirsty. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:30:59 EST Simple meals to teach a young man before he moves Yes, I know; I should have taught my son how to cook everyday simple meals. He rarely was in the kitchen (oops) and now he's moving out when he graduates. <BR> <BR> What simple meals do you suggest I teach so that he doesn't get in the habit of fast food and poor meal plannings. <BR> He makes sandwiches, opens can soups, and makes spaghetti. Yikes, that's is so bad. <BR> <BR> TIA for sharing :) <BR> ~lola and Gunnie Sat, 11 Feb 2012 09:44:11 EST Hello from Fayetteville! My name is Lola My son will be joining the military soon and Mr. Gunther, my wiener dog, and I will have the house all to ourselves. I'm not looking forward to it. I must now focus on taking care of myself. On a positive note, I will be cooking for one and not eating my son's left overs. I have to learn how to cook for one. Should be interesting. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 23:59:35 EST THANK YOU thank you all for sharing and caring with me. i appreciate the warm welcome and i am going to do all i can to help our team. thank you <em>304</em> Mon, 6 Feb 2012 05:50:13 EST Hello,my name is Elizabeth... Hello,my name is Elizabeth, I'm 46 years old and almost empty nester. I have more free time now. I figured I would take that time and care for myself...this year is mine & I claim it as that... I have a grand-daughter who I am so proud of, she is just the apple of my eyes... this is a lifestyle change I'm about to do and I do not plan on stopping until I reach my goals... I look forward to encouraging & being encouraged by my new friends here at sparkpeople... <BR> God Bless... <em>247</em> Sun, 5 Feb 2012 15:55:42 EST hi i''m new.. hi i am married and have 6 boys 4 are already away from home and 2 are finishing college first.its hard how fast time flies and changes how we see things. i look forward to sharing this with all of you. <em>134</em> Sun, 5 Feb 2012 09:46:55 EST February Exercise minute Challenge Okay, team goal is for everyone who participates to reach 500 exercise minutes----not that hard to do---but you can also set your own goal. And on here, you can count your minutes for cardio and strength to reach your total. Wed, 1 Feb 2012 16:20:23 EST introduce yourself to team forum Hi I am new at Spark people. I have two boys' in college. One close to home and one over and hour or more away. Wed, 1 Feb 2012 13:08:21 EST FEBRUARY LOVE CHAT Hmmm, I don't think Carol is feeling that too much right now----LOL---and maybe Dianne, too---wow, I just suggest cast iron frying pans but she suggests a brick---heehee <BR> Carol, I know your pain---they really do think with their a--, don't they. And they do not listen to us when we explain things either. And they say we don't listen? DH needs to be careful---I am pretty sure that person's insurance would not cover a goof if he was doing things without supervision and not being a paid... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 06:25:30 EST February Challenge Short month---although it is a leap year----so setting a exercise minute goal for the team----Hoping all participants can reach 500 this month----and if you want to push for a higher number, go for it----First post---set your goal and then post at least once a week to say how you are doing. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:58:47 EST new spark Hi. My one and only son is a HS junior this year. He is a three sport varsity athlete and maintains a 4.3 gpa. We are starting on the prep work for college applications. He plans on attending a competitive out of state private college. I have spent a lot of time making sure he is in top physical form for football (1st string since sophomore year & he has been selected as captain for senior year!), ice hockey (made varsity freshman yr - started skating at 3!), and lacrosse (he switched positio... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:56:35 EST One just left, one more leaving soon... Hello! <BR> My name is Heather and I am new here. <BR> I am 42, married and have 3 children. 15, 17 and 19. <BR> My 19 year old just left to a university 2 hours away this past September and my next one leaves this September to a college 11 ours away. I'll still have one at home but it sure is a time of change in this house. <BR> I'd love to make some friends in the same situation to help each other through this time of change and also to help support each other in this weight loss journey. <... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 13:25:47 EST Here I go again, Double the Pain I have twin daughters that were left at home, they are 19+ one just came home from the military (South Korea) and the other one was getting ready to leave for her move down to Sacramento. When they were here together I was so happy and full of joy. Now one of the twins has moved to Sacramento and the other twin leaves for South Korea on the 23rd, but she is in California until the 20th. They were moving things and getting rid of stuff out of their room and I am home alone. When I walked... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 18:51:29 EST New from Illinois Hi, <BR> <BR> I just joined sparkpeople yesterday. A huge recommendation from my sis-n-law. I have a son who is a sophmore in college. Went back today! Bummer. I still have a younger child home. Trying to get healthy for the new year. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 13:33:36 EST WARNING - Special Message!!!! This information came to me from another SparkTeam post but wanted to share with this team as well. <BR> <BR> There is a new feature on SparkPeople that automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. I do not like this feature. <BR> <BR> If you'll notice your own blog now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" on their Facebook wall!! Who wants his/her blog about losing weight to show up on someone else s' facebo... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 22:48:25 EST New Here Hello, all! I'm Susan, married 30 years, and have 3 adult-ish kids (2 boys, 1 girl), ages 27, 24, and 22. Kids have moved out/in/out/in/out...they're wonderful people -- they're just taking the scenic route...:o) Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:26:11 EST 2012 BLESSINGS HERE'S THE NEW THANKFULNESS TOPIC ! <BR> Let me be the first to post how thankful I am that 2011 has come to a close and we have a fresh start for 2012! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 05:50:57 EST JUMP INTO 2012 CHAT---JANUARY <em>235</em> <em>249</em> <em>285</em> TEAM ON SPARK! <BR> How's that for a greeting for the New Year! <BR> Lindie, good choice for watching last night---I should have pulled that out this week. <BR> Dianne, Carol said it well---that is what this team is about---to support us thru the ups and downs of our kids leaving and coming back and leaving again and again. <BR> Carol, that kind of stuff needs to be reported to DC----why more people are NOT using the post office because of the service... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 05:45:14 EST Exercise Challeng e---Jan. 2012 OKay, most of us are planning on getting back on track---so here is a place to post what you are doing and to keep us informed how you are doing minute wise. This way we can get ideas of different things to try if we are in a slump. And I know several of us are doing the new challenge team here on Spark. Feel free to post daily/ several days/ or weekly---whatever works best for you. Here's to a successful month for all who participate. Sat, 31 Dec 2011 20:13:18 EST I'm back Good morning! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 09:43:08 EST January Decluttering Challenge It's a new year and time to get rid of a lot of clutter that is interfering in our lives----there is a tie in to having clutter and being unhappy with our weight and health. So time to get rid of some of this and get ourselves organized. First off, you cannot do this in a day or even a couple of days---why we don't do it to start with it that we get overwhelmed by the whole process. So think small! Pick a shelf, a drawer, a corner, a cabinet and start there. It often helps to set ... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 07:31:27 EST 2012 Question of the week Okay, to start out the new year, the first question is ----WHAT GOALS ARE YOU PLANNING ON SETTING FOR THE NEW YEAR? Dianne said she was setting goals and not resolutions and I like that idea much better than resolutions---I think goals are something we can live better with. Sat, 31 Dec 2011 06:35:05 EST Just Joined the Team at 6 AM Wow, after reading about this team , this looks like a great bunch of people who I have some things in common with! I just turned 51...married to a wonderful guy and have a son in 10th grade. I am a third grade teacher who is in her LAST year of teaching...retiring this June with 30 years. I feel my "tour of duty" is over...tired of discipline issues and ready to focus on my family and myself!!!!!!! I have had a weight problem for as long as I can remember...been on a diet my whole entire lif... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 06:26:38 EST Mistletoe Chat--December 2011 Wow, end of the year is fast approaching---it sure has been an eventful year for most of us. Do you like my title? figure we could all use a little <em>212</em> under the <em>460</em> now and then. LOL <BR> Dianne, silly cats---they are amusing. My crazy boy purrs while he is eating--such a silly kitty. <BR> Betsy---400 is not that bad---watch them recall it after you get it fixed. It takes several days if it is really cold---but Michael tends to do it in spurts---probably 8+ hours a... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 05:35:51 EST NEWBIE from CT Hi everyone! My name is Megg and this is my second week being a "Sparkler". So far I have lost 3 lbs. -- only 47 more to go! I'm really excited about this site..almost obssed with it. <BR> <BR> I have 2 children ages 17 and 19. Hopefully they will be ready to go away to college in the fall. Everyone tells me how great an "empty nest" is. I'm not so sure...I worry too much! <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 15:55:36 EST New to the Team Hello all, <BR> I am 55 years old. I have lost about 35 pounds in the past year and have about 40 to go. I am doing it with diet: high fiber, fresh fruits and veggies, and smaller portions. I need to start exercising, but I haven't been able to get started. <BR> <BR> I am the parent of two college students, both at Penn State. My son is a freshman and lives in a dorm, but close to home. My daughter is junior and lives with my husband and me. She spent a year in San Francisco and is gla... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 09:09:16 EST Not Having a Good Week Hi everyone. With the snow storm that went through our area on Saturday, 10/29, my family (as well as lots of other families) are without power for 4 days now. Without having access to the internet at home, I have not been logging into SP. I have also learned that I am a VERY emotional eater during stressful times. Just having a bad week and needed some words of encouragement. <em>39</em> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 14:05:37 EST NOVEMBER 2011 THANKSGIVING CHAT Okay, wanted to start this before I went to bed---so Carol wouldn't pick on me----LOL Mon, 31 Oct 2011 21:03:36 EST Novermber Exercise Challenge This one is Dianne's idea---something to get her---and the rest of us motivated---and with the holidays approaching---a good idea.---doing a Sparkpeople exercise video (you know, the 7-10 minute ones) every day or getting 20 minutes of cardio or 5-6 "other exercise" points. WE can do this! Sun, 30 Oct 2011 15:48:51 EST NOVEMBER DECEMBER THANKFULNESS CHALLENGE Okay, this is a 2 month challenge---we seemed to really like this one before---so whenever you can---post something that you are thankful for that day or that week! Such a wonderful time of year to look back and see where we have been and what things have been good in our lives. Sun, 30 Oct 2011 07:32:27 EST So happy to have found this group!! Hi everyone! My name is Sherry and I am in week 2 with SP. So far, so good. I have lost 5 lbs. so far. This is the first weight loss plan I've done without having to go to some meeting and "weigh in" and I have to say, I am really enjoying it so far. I love how encouraging everyone is and supportive as well. I have 2 children - one is a junior in college and the other is a sophomore in high school. So, we will soon have the "empty nest". I am not looking forward to it at all. I enjoy... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 13:32:10 EST Autumn Questions--2011 New Season---new Question----What are some of your favorite things about Autumn? Sat, 1 Oct 2011 09:08:35 EST OCTOBER CHAT---COOLER WEATHER TO ENJOY Here's the new chat for October. Thanks to Terri for reminding me! Fri, 30 Sep 2011 21:46:46 EST Menu Planning ideas Ladies--people have commented on the difficulty in deciding WHAT to cook. So I propose we give some menu ideas here. Protein, whole grain, veggies/fruits that would work as a main meal or lunch or breakfast--whatever. If it is an "odd" item that we may need a recipe for, provide the recipe. <BR> <BR> I'll start with one my kids like. I haven't done a calorie assessment but shouldn't be TOO bad. This is vegetarian but not vegan. <BR> <BR> STUFFED SHELLS, GREEN PEAS, ITALIAN BREAD (whole grai... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 13:34:06 EST new to team I just joined this team--I have a daughter who will graduate from college this spring, and a son who will graduate from high school at the same time. Daughter goes to school far away from us so we only see her two or three times a year. She rarely calls and does not respond to e-mails. She is, however, doing very well after a disastrous (in every way) high school experience. We miss her very much and wish we could better connect with her. Son is enjoying high school and not thinking ahea... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 13:12:11 EST September Challenge--2011 Fall is coming but we still have some warm weather to come---but let's try to get outside for some of our exercise this month----and this is a good time to try a new path or a new exercise---so goal is 500 minutes of exercise and half of it being outside or new. Let's see what we come up with this month. Fri, 2 Sep 2011 06:02:47 EST CHAT ROOM---S EPTEMBER 2011 HI! MEANT TO START THIS LAST NIGHT! <BR> Dianne, glad you have power back---too bad about the water heater. Glad you got DD2 moved in and can take showers at the gym. Hope it won't be too bad for you alone for a bit more. <BR> Carol. figure you will post a link to here for me---Thanks in advance! how did the senior parent meeting go? not surprised about Costco--bet Sam's has Christmas stuff out too----they do not have backroom storage so when it comes in, they have to put it out---but I... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 06:42:51 EST Fellow team member needing support... Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> This is SUCH an awesome, supportive and caring team that I wanted to share this all with you.... A fellow team member (and also a SparkFriend of mine) named LIGIRLATHEART suffered a tremendous loss today -- her nephew died... She posted a blog about it and I was hoping maybe we could offer up some support at this difficult time.... Please stop by her page if you have an opportunity.... Thanks in advance for anything you feel led to do for her! <BR> <BR> <link>w... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 20:40:22 EST Funny story--just to read Ladies--I got this and almost fell off my chair laughing. I am married to a TX man--at least he lived in TX for HS. We eat at least medium salsa--and 2 of the 3 girls stay at "mild" so this is hilarious to us! Enjoy--and I hope I'm not doing anything wrong by putting this up--it does fit with food! <BR> <BR> New Mexico Chili Cookoff <BR> <BR> If you can read this whole story without laughing, then there's no hope for you. I was crying by the end. This is an actual account. As relayed to... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 08:02:20 EST CHAT ROOM---AUG GUST--2011 Okay, here is the new chat room- - -the other one was getting a little crowded---LOL---hope no one has problems getting to it. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 21:13:25 EST August 2011 challenge July has been a pretty tough month for us all---but August, with our kids heading off to college---just might be more of a trial----so this month's challenge is to post something positive each day on here---you can do a quote that is helping you get thru the day, something good that happened to you or to someone you care about, or just being thankful that the day if almost over. Let's try to put a smile on someone's face with what we post in this challenge. <em>30</em> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 16:14:02 EST Traveling food I leave on Wed (Thursday if we just CAN"T get organized in time) and I don't want to blow my "lifestyle". So I plan to get the veggie platter "to go" as food in the car. I'll have water and, when I am driving, coffee till 1:00. (Can't drink it later or I won't sleep.) I'm thinking a hard boiled egg or two and crackers. Maybe a yogurt or two as well. We will stop for supper and likely get fast food for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Any other thoughts? My exercise for the 2 driving days will be NONE a... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 08:23:59 EST Packing--how to keep from being overwhelmed.... I am going to have to do some of DD3's packing--she just isn't going to have time. I have sent 2 others off to school but had a pretty good idea of space, etc. This time I know it is going to be TIGHT--the rooms are small. I need a pep talk cause I feel overwhelmed at trying to get her stuff together... Help! Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:25:41 EST Tips to deal with boredom/ loneness Okay, this is where we share what we are doing to keep from feeling alone or bored when our kids are gone or too busy to be with us. <BR> Thanks to TerriM for suggesting the topic. <BR> This might also help you keep your hands busy so as not to eat everything in sight---LOL Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:08:59 EST Interestin g/Sobering Article re:Restaurant Eating I came across an article today that I found VERY interesting....yet sobering!! Just goes to show you that you NEVER know about restaurant nutrition unless you can find it published somewhere!! Even as much as I feel like I've educated myself, I still would NEVER have guessed how BAD some of this is....! <BR> <BR> <BR> RESTAURANT CONFIDENTIAL XTREME EATING 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ards_2011.pdf </link> <BR> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 23:39:21 EST checking back in Hey gang, I hope everyone is well. Hubs & I had a little getaway last week - first one in 10 years! It was wonderful. Back to the grind this week and worried about my college girl. She keeps threatening to pack up & quit this college thing. I keep telling her she's almost done with the summer session. She seems to hate the schedule and actually called it "boot camp" today. She's skipping meals too. My sister-in-law works on this campus so she is going to check in on her. Just worried... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:09:07 EST Hello from Atlanta Hi, I'm Missygeen. I am new to this team but not to Spark. I am a single mother of 2. My 20 almost 21 year went away to school at 16 and now lives with his grandfather. He wanted to return home with me but his grandfather had a stroke a year ago and he refuses to leave his Pop. My 19 year old is one and half credits shy of his diploma and is dragging his feet. We (and I mean we) are finishing up this summer in summer school. He has good test scores but poor grades. Any suggestions on... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 20:14:37 EST Summer 2011 Question of the Week What do you do to celebrate the 4th of July? and what does your area have to offer for this holiday? <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>283</em> <em>191</em> <em>489</em> <em>491</em> <em>232</em> Sat, 2 Jul 2011 09:21:18 EST July 2011 challenge---all about YOU! This challenge is courtesy of Carol---she saw it on another team and thought we would enjoy it. <BR> This one is all about you---each day--or almost each day---we get Spark points for exercise, goals, reading our posts, etc---so each day save your pennies equaling your Spark points for the day---then at the end of the month---you can spend it on yourself---or save it for the next month and build up to a really nice treat for yourself. You can keep a running track of this here each day or j... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 09:18:22 EST Hi from Kentucky. Just moved my 18 year old daughter into her college dorm for summer session. She'll be gone for 5 weeks, then home for 3 weeks before moving in for fall semester. She's only about 2 hours away, so it's not too bad. She was actually more emotional than her dad & I were. I actually have a good feeling about this new season of life. I know it will improve our relationship with her and allow her to mature as she explores young adult life. Maybe I will feel more emotional in the fall. It ha... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:50:21 EST Graduation done--now prepping to leave We had a wonderful graduation day and then party a few days later. This is the third daughter and she is going from NJ to Michigan Tech--long way away. I know the routine--have packed 2 others off--but this will be different. I haven't been doing very well with my eating--I have turned to food when I've been sad/upset/stressed about her going so I HAVE to figure out how to change that. So far, this team has been VERY helpful! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:28:31 EST Hello from NJ I am about to become an "empty nester"--I have 3 daughters but one is in CA, doing grad school and married. One is in Northern NJ--starting her senior year in Sept. And the "baby" is 18 and going to upper Michigan--19 hours away. I have been GS leader, youth group committee at church and PTA president and everything else for the past 26 years (12 years for PTA at the HS). Not sure WHAT I am going to do with myself! <BR> <BR> Hubby is still working--have to for health insurance and to pay fo... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:44:54 EST June 2011 Challenge Water, water everywhere and not a drop falling at my house----LOL----This month's challenge is for everyone to work on their fluid intake----I do believe in counting milk and other beverages into you water intake----hey, it's all fluid----so let's try to get to 8 cups----I often struggle with this one so I really need to work on it! Post when you can about it and any tricks that you use to increase your fluid intake. <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>271</em> <em>469</em> <em>478</em> <em... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 20:26:58 EST First summer without the kids For the first time, neither of my children will be living at home this summer. They are both in college in Burlington, VT and have good jobs up there, so they are staying. It feels really weird. We're going up there for vacation in a week and my daughter is coming home for a week in June for a visit but other than that, they will not be here. It was kind of strange last summer when they came back from college and David and I had to get used to them "invading" the house, so to speak. But ... Thu, 12 May 2011 10:57:13 EST May 2011 Challenge Okay---I think most of us reached the 500 minute goal for April so May's goal is 750 Fitness minutes-----you may include your strength minutes if you wish or just your cardio or both. Good luck! Sat, 30 Apr 2011 19:29:35 EST Hello from Long Island Hi all. Just joined the team and looking forward to getting to know the group. I'm EJ, mom to 2 great kids who are finishing up their sophomore years. My daughter goes to the University of Vermont, Honors College and my son goes to Champlain College, also in Burlington, VT. It's nice to have them so close to each other. They see each other at least once a week and it certainly makes bringing them up to school a lot easier. <BR> <BR> I'd like to pass a tip along to the group. If your ch... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:25:23 EST April 2011 Challenge NO, NO JOKE----LOL Challenge for April----Aim for at least 500 fitness minutes for the month---that is approximately 125 minutes per week or about 20 minutes per day----see, not so difficult at all----next month we will up the number. Post how you are doing when you can. And <em>306</em> Fri, 1 Apr 2011 06:27:16 EST So close, yet so far Hi! Went down to U of New Haven with my high school senior yesterday for an accepted students day for the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences. This is our 4th visit to the campus and each time there my daughter gets more and more excited. Me, I get both very excited for her, sad for me, and anxious for how to pay for this! Now that the weather is getting better and the days are longer, the empty nest is getting closer. Yet, at the same time, it is still far off: ... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 12:50:07 EST Question of the Week---Spring, 2011 Wow, Spring has arrived-----Does anyone garden? Flowers or veggies? Sun, 20 Mar 2011 21:34:56 EST cryin' all the time! I have a son who is graduating high school this year, and a daughter that is a sophomore. I cry a LOT. Everytime someone mentions something about "going off to college" or I see another child doing something that reminds me of something my kids did when they were little (I work in a preschool, so there's a lot of that). and forget watching Toy Story 3!! Most of the time I'm great, happy, adjusted, but then I read or see something and just break down. Is this a normal thing. I've been a ... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 15:16:56 EST Final child moving out this fall So I am trying to prepare myself, and I know in some ways it will be nice, but my fourth and youngest child will be leaving for college this fall. I know it will be nice that I do not have to worry about her schedule or likes and dislikes at dinner time but it will be so quiet around my house. My husband cannot stay awake the entire evening! Guess I need to make some other plans, but I am having trouble coming up with ideas that include him. I am in choir at church - so that is one evening, a... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 11:13:57 EST March 2011 challenge March is often a LION month---so we need to develop our muscles this month. So the challenge this month is to do wall push ups----start with a small number and try to increase it to at least 50 in a day by the end of the month. I know there is an exercise example on here but I am no good with links. Hoping Carol will do that for me----Hint, Hint! Tue, 1 Mar 2011 13:40:23 EST CONGRATS LNSYLVSDOGS ON REACHING GOAL!!! I just wanted to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to my Spark Friend LNSYLVSDOGS for reaching your goal weight!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>285</em> <em>242</em> <em>285</em> <em>242</em> <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> WAY TO GO!!! You make us proud!!! <BR> <BR> In case anyone would like to stop by her page and congratulate her: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>SYLVSDOGS </link> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 23:13:03 EST Wanted to introduce myself I just joined because I realized when posting on another team's page how much being an empty nester - or almost one - is really bothering me. <BR> <BR> Below is what I wrote on my stress group's page - <BR> <BR> "I am new to the team. After joining last night and taking the quiz, I realize I have very little joy in my life. My youngest is off to college, my (marine) oldest son moved back to NC with his wife and my two grandkids (plus one on the way), my dad died 3 years ago. I felt really... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 10:18:06 EST hello from chicago hi my name is michelle and i'm the mother of a seventeen year old senior that is planning to go to the university of ill. even though she has been accepted in six other schools, and i wanted her to go a little farther from home. Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:41:57 EST Question of the Week---Winter, 2011 Hope you like this idea---great way to get to know more about your fellow teammates. <BR> Feb. 1 Question---How many children do you have and what are they doing(work, schooling, gks)? Tue, 1 Feb 2011 06:37:54 EST HELLO from OHIO Hello !! <BR> <BR> * I am 53 years old <BR> * I am married - 33 years this spring <BR> * I am from Ohio & have lived here for 32 years <BR> * I am a Christian & so is my entire family <BR> <BR> * I am a mom to 3 Adult Children <BR> { 29 male & married, 25 male & single, 22 female engaged } <BR> <BR> * I collect teddybears & postcards <BR> * I enjoy making new friends & if anyone would like one come by & request me !! <BR> <BR> So ... that is a bit about me feel free to ask me anything ...... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:20:25 EST February 2011 Heart Challenge New month--new challenge <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>51</em> and we don't want any broken hearts in our group from a heart attack---so this month's goal is at least 15 minutes of cardio every day---if you miss a day, double up on the next day----we can all do this one. Try to come back at least once a week to report progress and to cheer everyone on! <em>306</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 13:53:09 EST 'Xcuse my while I vent about terrible grades There were frequent frustrations b/c school has always been a struggle. There were the high school days missed, there was the turn around during senior year & getting all A's to almost blowing it in the last semester. There were the college acceptance letters even tho the GPA wasn't what the school required, but the test scores were excellent. There have been struggles. There has been finding out about ADD during college, no less, even tho we took for extensive tests during the beginning ... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 08:27:41 EST Food "Secrets" or Recommen ations?? Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I was wondering if we could share some of our "secrets" that we've found along the way as far as food goes...?? <BR> <BR> Like during your journey, have you come across a GREAT "find" -- something that's way cheaper to buy at one store vs another. Or have you discovered a WONDERFUL way to get protein in that others might not know about?? Or based on YOUR "dietary restrictions" is there something that's essential to getting through your day?? <BR> <BR> IF SO -... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 12:05:57 EST January, 2011 Well, we are kicking off a new year and I for one need to get back on track. So the challenge for this month is for us to get back on track---pick what you need to work on and post how you are doing. I am going to start tracking my food, up my water intake and cut out the sodas again, and get back to exercising. The stress of my dh is really hindering me but I need to stop using that excuse as I know I will feel better if I am up moving and doing what I need to do for me. Let's keep each... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 08:11:09 EST Chat Room--2011 Well, we have a new member ---MBHMBH! Sent her a goodie this morning and hoping she will post. <BR> I am also going to start a new challenge for January and hope you will join in with me and getting back on track. <BR> Let's get motivated! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 08:03:46 EST Meaning of your Spark User Name Hi All! I know this is a BUSY season but awhile back another Spark Team I'm on had a message board topic that I thought would be REALLY neat for us -- and I completely forgot about it til now... SO while I'm thinking of it, I'm going to go ahead and create the new topic and hopefully you'll all have a minute or two to respond! <BR> <BR> I've always been curious WHERE people get their Spark User Names from... How did you go about choosing your Spark name?? <BR> <BR> I've had several pe... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 20:49:41 EST Christmas fun---4 week challenge Okay, we all the season is hectic and often stressful---and some days just don't seem to end---but there are things we can do to destress and make some part of the day fun---this does not have to be expensive. It might just be driving home and spotting Christmas lights and turning down that street for a closer look. It could be just fixing a cup of hot cocoa and relaxing for 5 minutes. It could be allowing yourself a special Christmas treat and sitting down and really savoring the flavor.... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 08:47:41 EST Hello to all... Hello, <BR> <BR> I have to be really honest, I'm having a hard time with the thought of "empty nest". Did anyone else feel this way? <BR> <BR> (lots of tears here) <BR> <BR> <BR> Tammy Sat, 6 Nov 2010 18:53:49 EST Half a nester ;o) Hello, been MIA for a while "sorry". <BR> <BR> Oldest/daughter off to college this fall, but sort of close - about 45 to 1hr away only. Nice small college and she's absolutely LOVING IT!! So am I and our relationship is too, he he he! <BR> <BR> Son will be start fall of 2011 - So currently doing the college visits and so much easier the 2nd x around hu! He will probably settle a bit further from home, about 3hrs, still in the same state and not a bad days trip both ways. <BR> <BR> So no... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 22:58:50 EST November December Challenge---Thankfulness Okay, this one is for 2 months---and this is a time of year where we all should look at all the things we have in our lives to be Thankful about. I have found some things I will be sharing on here as well as putting down what I am thankful for---and some days, finding something to be thankful for is or can be difficult---esp. if under stress during the holiday season. You can share a story of bad things and how it makes you realize why you should be thankful for something. Or it can be sho... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 14:31:30 EST Good Morning! Hi..I am fairly new to SP. I have three step kids and three bio kids. They are 26,24,20,19,18 and 15. The only full timer in the house is my 15yr old. It gets crazy when the boys come home from college, but I love it and can't wait for the holidays to have them around. I am embarking on MY journey now. It is time to take care of myself!! I just signed on with a personal trainer....this is big since I am not one to exercise! I am determined to make a life change...wish me well... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 09:24:44 EST Thanks Hello, I hope everyone had a Bless day. I'm really excited about this team, everyone is so nice. Thanks for all the welcomes I received. <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 23:44:01 EST Thank You Hi Team, Thank you so much for the spark goodie and for missing me....I have been AWOL alot lately, but still working out and eating well. I have just been trying to be more disciplined about computer use...I was in some bad habits of spending too much time online at the expense of other evening activities, esp. sleeping. But my heart is still with Spark and I do stop in from time to time to see how everyone is doing.... Love ya!! Sandy Sun, 17 Oct 2010 21:21:36 EST New Spark member and new Almost empty nester. Hello everyone, I'm new to Sparkpeople joined Almost empty nester last night. I hope I'm doing this right, first time for me. Well here it goes. My oldest daughter moved out earlier this year and my youngest daughter left for college last month 2hrs away from home. I cried when we moved her into the dorm. I tell everyone it's a happy, sad feeling when your kids leave. I'm happy she's getting a higher education but I'm sad I don't see her everyday. I realize it's time for me and my husband to... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 20:06:19 EST October Challenge My challenge to all of us is to get in at least 1000 Spark Fitness minutes in this month. 8 people on this team accomplished it and several were very close so this is doable. Post here your totals for the month whenever you can. First one to 1000 on here gets a team goodie. <em>306</em> Fri, 1 Oct 2010 09:40:39 EST help my heart is breaking I moved my only child (2 step-sons) and daughter into the dorm 1300 miles away on Sept. 1. I think I am adjusting, but I had no idea how hard this would be. I am still in tears about every other day. Help moms! Tell me this gets easier, tell me I will move on. She is right where she should be and doing great, while I continue to get teary on a regular basis. PLEASE, how do you all cope with this profound hole in the heart? It is "normal" yet I feel so SAD! Sun, 19 Sep 2010 16:44:34 EST Hi, I'm New! I am new to SP-- I don't have a ton of weight to lose (10 lbs. would be great) but they keep inching on and sticking!! Thanks for the inspiration to get this off for good and just have a healthier, more balanced lifestyle! Mon, 6 Sep 2010 13:54:59 EST Lots to adjust to... I will be an empty nester for the first time in a little more than a day. My son leaves Wednesday morning to start his Junior year. We moved our youngest into her freshman dorm last Friday - 16 hours from home. With all of the travel involved, it has not really hit me yet. She has always been close to me, but especially so this summer. I had rotator cuff and bicep repair surgery in late June and my daughter spent her summer helping me with everyday things - dressing, bathing, putting my ... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 19:51:17 EST hello from SC Hi all! I have been trying to find a home team on SparksTeam and I may have found it! I just moved my baby girl into her apartment for her senior year at the University of SC. I was full of emotions! Excited for her, sad for me! I have truly enjoyed watching both my kids be college students. However I LOVE the quiet alone time with my hubby of 27 year! My goal is to be fit and thinner for my daughter's graduation in May. That gives me one college school year to get it in gear! I think I have ... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 09:57:40 EST Where am I? I got to this page by responding to my email. How do I find it on the website? Thu, 12 Aug 2010 13:14:29 EST Moving along Hi All, <BR> I'm feeling a bit stressed right now and am hoping for some prayers! Today was my husband's last day at his current congregation. It was a very emotional send off & we are all feeling drained. He is off for a week and then moves to Mankato while the rest of us remain here. My daughters & I looked at an apartment for my oldest and it looks as if it will work out. If approved, she will be moving Aug 15th or so. It is scary to move without a job but she will not find anything ... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 19:39:57 EST What Things Have You Found That Help? What things have you found that help? <BR> <BR> We're talking about redoing the living room and converting the oldest daughter's bedroom into a piano/sitting room after the wedding. Beginning to see the house differently in my mind is helping. <BR> <BR> I don't like the emotional roller coaster I'm finding myself on. Facilitating between pride in my girls and crying when I'm alone over the loneliness I'm already feeling as they make their plans. Thu, 1 Jul 2010 06:39:08 EST Letting them go.... Mitch went on a road trip to LA (from Tucson, 8 hours away) with 2 friends to attend the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It is a music event, like a concert with 5 venues and hundreds of performers over the several days. They left early, early this morning so as to miss a lot of the heat. <BR> <BR> I am thrilled that he is going. It honestly sounds like great fun (if you are young and into that). He worked really hard and saved a lot of money to be able to af... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 16:27:19 EST Hello! Good morning everyone. My name is Susan and I have 2 sons, 20 and 17. The 17 year old just graduated from high school. Both boys will be attending the local jr college and living at home next year. So not quite empty yet! Seems as though I may have done something wrong because neither is in a hurry to leave. lol Not that I am complaining. It is just a weird transition. Tue, 22 Jun 2010 13:53:32 EST Parenting the Parents Hi all, <BR> I'm just entering into the parenting the parents stage. I'm feeling sandwiched between my mom and dad - Mom is certain Dad is losing his memory (there is some doctor confirmation of this) and is looking to me to help her deal with it. I would love to see them in a different setting but they are resistant to that. I am looking for the wisdom of others who may have been down this road. I want to be respectful of my dad but also aware of his developing symptoms. I live about 2 1... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 11:59:24 EST Hi All! Just joined the team... I have two living children -- the oldest of whom just graduated from high school and will be heading to college this fall. NEW experience for us! Am excited about joining the team! <em>224</em> Fri, 18 Jun 2010 17:46:03 EST Another Chapter Closed Yesterday afternoon we closed another chapter of our lives as our youngest graduated from high school with our homeschool group. <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of her, yet sad to end 16 years as a homeschool teacher/mom. The empty nest is not going to be easy at first this fall when she starts colege, but I know God is faithful, and will help Tom and I get through this. Mon, 14 Jun 2010 06:59:03 EST This Group Sure Describes Me! We have to lovely daugthers. I knew they would grow up, but I'm finding I'm not ready for all the changes. <BR> <BR> The oldest duaghter graduated from college a few weeks ago and is engaged to be married in March 2011. <BR> <BR> The youngest graduates from high school with our home school support group this Sunday afternoon. Sixteen years as a stayhome homeschool mom and screaching to a halt. <BR> <BR> Now the childish part, I've enjoyed those years so much and don't know whats next fo... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 07:42:19 EST Greetings! I'm new here as well. I have two daughters who are going into teaching. One graduated in 12/2008 & is still looking for a job. The other one will graduate 12/2010. It is such an emotional roller coaster at times. I want to see them on their own with good jobs but it is such a tough economic time! I'm sure I'm not alone in this! <BR> <BR> As for me, I'm working at a pretty stressful job just trying to stay away from emotional eating. Sun, 23 May 2010 10:04:46 EST May step Challenge Hope to get some participation going on here. For the month of May, come here and put your steps in for the day and add them to the total and let's see how many we can get. <BR> Sat, 1 May 2010 19:26:41 EST Ironic, isn't it? Even though I miss my son who is already in college and spending less and less time at home, and will miss terribly my younger son when he goes in Aug, I was looking forward to "empty nesting" it. Since my sister has moved in with me, however, I am dreading it. I guess I was really looking forward to "me" time, and if I can't have that, I'd rather be with my boys. They and I have similar interests and they make me laugh! Sun, 18 Apr 2010 11:24:40 EST New here! I have one son in his sophomore year in college and one about to leave this fall. That will leave me alone with my sister (who is mentally challenged and lives with me) and my husband who is not big on communicating. I have always been overweight (except for about 6 months when I was 27) and the last year has been extremely I ate. Now I'm trying to get control back of my life and be healthy. I'm really glad I found this group. Sat, 17 Apr 2010 15:55:35 EST stuck on weight I'm stuck. The scale isn't moving down. I up two down two. Next Monday 1 month with sparks. I have lost 7 pounds in 3 1/2 weeks .I guess I'll still in that fast lane from my teenage years. You want to see the weight drop off. I'm not 16 anymore!!! <em>46</em> Fri, 16 Apr 2010 06:04:08 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEK--APRIL 5 What is(are) your favorite flowers to grow? Mon, 5 Apr 2010 11:10:07 EST What a difference a week makes. I'm excited to weigh in once a week now. I enjoy tracking my fitness and nutrition goals.It's fun spinning the wheel every day.My husband has lost 20 in a month. I lost 8 pds. I feel as if I can finally reach that 100 weight goal.We are starting a new business.In the pass I would have over eaten due to the stress. But I found comfort in exercise in stead. <BR> Question how do you put that neat weight tracker on your post? Tue, 30 Mar 2010 16:59:53 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEK---MARCH 29 Tried to post this yesterday but Spark had issues. <BR> Since Easter is this weekend, let's share some childhood and adult memories from Easters past. Good or bad? Funny or sad? Mon, 29 Mar 2010 06:46:00 EST Question of the week---March 22, 2010 Well, Spring has finally Sprung! Are you planning on changing up your exercise routine to include some outside activities? <em>437</em> <em>125</em> <em>87</em> <em>126</em> <em>437</em> <em>182</em> <em>311</em> <em>342</em> <em>313</em> <em>332</em> <em>278</em> <em>502</em> <em>237</em> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 09:28:11 EST new to sparkspeople Wow How did I get to 295 pds. I have sleep apnea and on a beta blocker for blood pressure. Yesterday my friend & I attended a class on better health and weight loss. The leader made a lot of good points. Gave us some food plans and exercise goals. I do not want to be 50 and 300 pds.I saw pictures of myself at a babyshower sitting by the Mom who was 6 months along.I looked 10 months. My butt was huge.Prayers for me this week! Thanks Laura <em>198</em> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 15:08:59 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEK---MARCH 14 <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> Hmmm, can you tell what the theme for this week's question is? LOL St. Patrick's Day is Wednesday. Are you Irish? Do you celebrate? If so, what do you do? Sun, 14 Mar 2010 08:34:09 EST Question of the Week---March 10 Gee, I am a little late with this one---LOL <BR> Okay, did March come in like a Lion or a Lamb in your area? Wed, 10 Mar 2010 19:26:26 EST Can't wait! My daughter will be home for "spring break" on Friday. She has been gone since early January -- this is the longest we've ever been apart! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 2 Mar 2010 10:13:41 EST Think Spring! I have really been in a rut this winter with the cold, snowy weather, the crisis with my mom, and too much at home time. So I am starting over----really going to work on my exercise and foods because I really want to be ready for warmer weather. So, how are you all going to prepare for Spring? <BR> First week of March---I am going to make sure I do some sort of cardio exercise everyday--even if only 10 minutes---and start working on getting this eating back under control. I think that will... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 10:17:32 EST Question of the Week, Feb. 28th Is it more challenging for you to lose weight during colder months than it is during warmer weather? <BR> <BR> Being indoors more during colder months, less active, shorter daylight hours - oh, and comfort food may all contribute to weight gain.. <BR> <BR> ... but do you think there is something "scientific" to your body not wanting to let go of weight when the temperatures are colder? All other things being equal. <BR> <BR> Or do you think I am just looking for an "excuse" as to why the w... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 09:41:38 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEK---FEB. 21 Boy, I am having a hard time with one for the day---LOL---so thought I would do one a week---and anyone can come up with a question and start this on a Sunday from now on if you come up with a good one. <BR> So, this week's question---How are you doing with your journey here on Spark? How can you help others along on theirs? Or pick yourself up and restart? Sun, 21 Feb 2010 16:55:36 EST What is your favorite winter olympic event? I am currently watching figure skating. I like pair skating best. <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Feb 2010 20:21:48 EST I won't give up Hi Everyone, I am trying to lose about 25 lbs and am finding it extremely difficult now that I'm in the 55+ category. I've always been able to gain back control when I was younger but now I just can't seem to do that. I have little to no support and then I start believing them when they say "you don't need to lose weight", then I look in the mirror. <BR> I'm hoping this site will help me gain back the control I used to have so I can feel good about myself again.; Mon, 15 Feb 2010 09:17:14 EST QOD---FEB 12 It is Abe Lincoln's birthday today---so my question today is who is your favorite president and why? Fri, 12 Feb 2010 07:53:41 EST QOD FEB. 11 Valentine's day is just around the corner. Is anyone going to celebrate? Do you still try and make is special for your family? Thu, 11 Feb 2010 07:40:08 EST QOD FEB 9 Sorry, been sick! <BR> Are your children's colleges having to deal with all this snow and what are they doing? Tue, 9 Feb 2010 07:13:20 EST QOD 2/7 Are you hosting or attending a Super Bowl Party today? <BR> <BR> Which team are you rooting for? <BR> <BR> <em>281</em> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 08:11:36 EST Question of Day Feb. 6 Please tell me about any on-campus jobs your kids have had.... How many hours per week? How did he/she manage a class schedule with working? How many credits was he/she taking? Sat, 6 Feb 2010 08:59:49 EST New Here Hi! <BR> <BR> So glad to find this group. I've been going through this alone, unable to talk about it as most people I know are done with it, or have little ones. <BR> <BR> My wish: To not feel so crazy, so alone, so old, so dysfunctionally needy because I want to spend time with my kids. <BR> <BR> They will be 13 & 18 in June. The 18yr old is awesome and will take the time, but the 13 yr old (who lives with me) can't get out fast enough. Babysitting, friend's sleepovers, you name it, sh... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 13:04:03 EST Thanks for the warm welcome! Hi Everyone, Thanks for the welcome. I have been with Sparkpeople for several years and continue to work on the last 10 pounds. I am dealing with the changing household and look forward to having more control over my pantry. As my children move on I hope I can clean out, if you know what I mean. I exercise regularly and I am always looking for a workout buddy. I love to walk, use the elliptical and do strength workout 3 times a week. I try to stay very active! I am tracking my food no... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 20:47:26 EST QOD FEB 3 Keeping on the snow theme, what was the longest time you had off for snow when you were a child? Wed, 3 Feb 2010 06:09:45 EST QOD FEB. 2 What is your favorite winter time memory? Can be childhood or as you are older. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 08:48:33 EST QOD---FEB 1 Anyone else ready for some warm weather? Do you want to shoot the ground hog tomorrow? LOL Mon, 1 Feb 2010 06:03:24 EST QOD JAN. 31 Well, I missed a couple of days. Hopefully I will do better in Feb. LOL <BR> Okay, enough is enough---We got snow again yesterday---very unusual winter for us. So my question for the day is----What do you do on snow days when you are stuck at home? Sun, 31 Jan 2010 07:27:28 EST Hi, New here. Hello, I'm new here. I'm a partial empty nester. I have 1 out of college, 1 in college and 2 in middle school. In six years, my youngest will be in college. <BR> I will be fifty six and my husband 61. He owns his own company. I've been a sahm for 20 years. Already my work has been cut in half. In a few more years, it will be virtually over. Not that I will miss 15 loads of laundry a week or cleaning four toilets a day, but I have nothing to replace it with and that concerns me. <BR> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 01:02:07 EST QOD---JAN. 28 NO, you did not miss it---just could not think of a question yesterday. LOL <BR> Today's question----How much laundry do you do each week? Is it less with them away at college? Thu, 28 Jan 2010 10:11:43 EST QOD--JAN 26 Do you procrastinate going to the Doctor? Tue, 26 Jan 2010 14:02:59 EST QOD---JAN. 25 Lucky me, I have a long weekend. So, my question today is---When you have an extra day off, what do you usually do with it? Mon, 25 Jan 2010 08:05:04 EST QOD--JAN. 23 My son's college starts classes on Monday. When do yours start back? Sat, 23 Jan 2010 06:04:43 EST QOD---JAN. 22 What do you do to cheer yourself up when you are down? Do you fall in the snack trap or do something different? Fri, 22 Jan 2010 07:20:29 EST QOD---JAN. 21 What is your favorite candy? Thu, 21 Jan 2010 05:54:03 EST QOD---JAN 20 Did or does your child(ren) suffer from test anxiety? Wed, 20 Jan 2010 05:38:47 EST QOD---Jan. 19 Well, better late than never--LOL today is my oldest son's 30th birthday. He will always be my baby---LOL So how old is your oldest child? Tue, 19 Jan 2010 21:46:36 EST QOD--JAN. 18 MLK was famous for his "I have a dream" speech. So, what is your dream? Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:02:33 EST QOD--JAM. 17 What is your favorite thing to do on a Sunday? Sun, 17 Jan 2010 08:56:05 EST QOD -- January 15 Now that the work week is over, take some time to reflect on how the week went. What positive things happened? What were some of the not so positive parts of the week? Is there something you would have done differently? Did you learn any lessons? Fri, 15 Jan 2010 06:04:44 EST QOD -- January 14 Are you where you thought you'd be at this stage in your life? Thu, 14 Jan 2010 17:55:17 EST QOD -- Wednesday Jan 13 "Self-acceptance is my refusal to be in an adversarial relationship to myself." -- Nathaniel Branden <BR> <BR> How do you usually talk to yourself? <BR> <BR> Our thoughts create our reality. How do you typically think about yourself? Do you berate yourself for being stupid, sloppy, forgetful or <BR> insensitive? Or do you watch yourself with interest, respect and compassion? Stay alert to your self-talk and let go of judgments that don't serve you. Wed, 13 Jan 2010 06:06:22 EST QOD---Tuesday, Jan. 12 Okay, late on this, but spent the day at the hospital with my mom---she needs triple bypass surgery so won't be on much. So my question of the day is----Have you had a crisis in your family? How did you handle it? <BR> Also, could someone else pose a QOD for the next few days? Thanks. <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Jan 2010 21:28:32 EST QOD--MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2010 How cold is your area normally in the winter? Are you having a colder winter than usual? Do you get snow and how much? Mon, 11 Jan 2010 06:01:13 EST Q.O.D., - Sunday, January 9 Can someone else do the Q.O.D for the coming week? <BR> <BR> ********************** <BR> <BR> (Perhaps we can rotate each week.) <BR> Sun, 10 Jan 2010 22:15:41 EST Q.O.D., - Saturday, January 9 Are your Holiday decorations still up? <BR> <BR> ******************************* <BR> Except for a few snowmen-type items inside (which will remain out until at least the end of Jan.), my Christmas stuff is all put away. <BR> <BR> Outside there are two wreaths still hanging, that will likely come down tomorrow. Sat, 9 Jan 2010 16:50:27 EST Q.O.D. JAN. 10 Are weekends hard for you to keep on track with eating and exercise? What do you do to stay on track if you do? Sat, 9 Jan 2010 12:27:37 EST Q.O.D., - Friday, January 8 Any special plans this weekend? <BR> <BR> We are having a get-together (about 18) tomorrow afternoon/evening. (GO JETS) <BR> <BR> DD heading back to school on Sunday. She's had a heavy bought of sinusitis since she got home. ENT advised she does not fly, so we may be facing an 11+ hour road trip (each way).... <BR> <BR> Hope you all have some fun and/or productive weekend plans! Fri, 8 Jan 2010 12:48:13 EST Q.O.D. - Thurs, January 7 Are your kids readers? Do they read for leisure? <BR> <BR> (In our generation, at their ages, we didn't have all the technology our kids have access to -- which I think could contribute to hindering reading as a pastime.) Thu, 7 Jan 2010 07:01:59 EST Q.O.D. - Wed., January 6 Does your teen/young adult child cook at home? Wed, 6 Jan 2010 09:08:55 EST "Question of the Day" Perhaps, to generate more posting activity on this team, we might pose a "Question of the Day" or "QOD" <BR> <BR> Anyone can start a new thread if one hasn't yet started for that day. Perhaps title the thread "QOD Jan 6" or whatever the day is. <BR> <BR> The question can be related to the team theme, or not -- it can serve as a way to get to know each other better. The question can be answered quickly (or in detail). <BR> <BR> I saw this on another team and it looks like fun! <BR> <BR> Sa... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 09:06:01 EST Empty nest, return, almost empty nester again Ha, that sounds like my time here at Sparkpeople and on my eating plan. Up, down, up, down, etc. you know the cycle. <BR> Our youngest left for a residential high school and then returned home, but this fall she'll be off again and I'll adjust...again. <BR> For health, this time, the plan is to plug into teams to hopefully stay more motivated and accountable to helping others as well. <BR> Nice to meet you all. <BR> Deb Sun, 3 Jan 2010 14:55:32 EST Bummed.... My daughter will not be able to fly home this evening, due to SNOW -- lots of it. This past week is the first time she expressed home-sickness (finals-induced stress). <BR> <BR> I just want her home. The pain of missing my Mom is a little more acute this year than last, and I just need my daughter home with me. <BR> <BR> Keeping fingers crossed that she can get in tomorrow morning since she has 2pm plans with my Dad. Unlikely. <BR> <BR> Thanks for letting me vent. Sat, 19 Dec 2009 07:04:15 EST Favorite Foods for the holidays! You can just pass the stuffing to me---as long as I have that I am happy---but in our neck of the woods we call it dressing---we don't actually stuff it inside the bird. <BR> Also, feel free to share some recipes on here---I love to bake and like shortcut recipes---LOL---but they do create some awesome cookies that way. I bake and give away! Tue, 24 Nov 2009 10:24:39 EST Things we are thankful for! For this holiday season, I thought it would be nice to post--daily if possible--things we are thankful for in our lives! <BR> I am thankful for Spark---I have made such wonderful friends and learned sooo much on this journey---and the weight loss has made such a difference in my life--my quality of life is sooo amazing---never thought I would ever have this much energy. Tue, 24 Nov 2009 10:22:33 EST So, whose kids are coming home for the holidays? I am very excited that my daughter (college freshman) is coming home next week! We are spending Thanksgiving with relatives. (I am not hosting, but cooking/baking and bringing almost all but the turkey.) <BR> <BR> It is costly for her to come home, so I am grateful she is able to (which may not be the case in the coming college years). Definitely NOT looking forward to flight delays that usually go in-hand with the "busiest travel day of the year". And I'm a bit nervous about her flying on h... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 10:10:44 EST Hi New To The Group Hi Almost Empty Nesters. Im Sharon age 56 and I am an almost empty nester. Here is the deal. I have 3 kids ages 24, 27, 33. My daughter just got married October 3, 2009 - a happy occasion. She had moved in with her finance a year ago so when she got married - at least I was used to her being gone. Her 2 older brothers were still home. Well on the very same weekend Kelly got married, Mark, my middle son moved out and bought a townhouse with his girlfriend. And my oldest son, Matt is in... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 10:18:19 EST Day in Court WELL, COURT WAS INTERESTING. WE HAD TO LAUGH AT THE LAWYER. TALK ABOUT SOMEONE WHO WAS NOT PREPARED TO DEAL WITH US! IT ENDED UP BEING THROWN OUT OF COURT BY THE JUDGE--THE JUDGE ASKED US IF WE WERE CONTESTING---WE SAID YES---DO YOU HAVE WITNESSES? YES---THEN HE ASKED THE LAWYER---NO---WELL, YOU ARE NOT THE AGENT FOR THE PARK , YOU CAN REPRESENT THE PARK BUT YOU CANNOT TESTIFY AS YOU ARE NOT THE AGENT. THE PAPER WORK YOU FILED REQUIRES THE AGENT TO BE PRESENT IF IT IS CONTESTED. HEHEHE AND HE... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 15:24:30 EST College searches Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Daughter in Sr year and only looking at small colleges - like 5,000 to 7,000. EEEKKK To me that only defines "private" colleges. <BR> <BR> Is an A+ student with high GPA but did minimal on ACT. Not to mention hubby out of work since 2/08 real monies here. Need to push for as many and as much scholarship funds possible. Just wonder how private colleges do on that. Would love for her to find a great Christian college... So hoping to get a bet of insite fr... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 01:06:25 EST Counting the days.... My first, (far) away at school, is coming home on Sunday for the first time. I haven't visited her, we don't "video chat" -- I can't wait to see her/hug her! Mon, 12 Oct 2009 08:42:59 EST Autumn Highlights Okay, time for a new activity. Autumn is my favorite time of the year---orange being the key here---and there are so many activities that are associated with Fall. So let's see how many things we can come up with---it can be a fav food for this time of year, an outdoor activity, a holiday tradition, a decorating tip---anything related to this wonderful time of the year. Have fun with this. <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>431</em> <em>422</em> <em>420</em> <em>429</em> <em... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 06:50:00 EST "Care" Packages What items do you find to be popular requests from your college kids? Do homemade cookies travel well, LOL? <BR> <BR> I know that most items can be obtained on or around campus, but even in this age of technology it's still fun to receive a letter or package, right? <BR> <BR> I am sending off a package today: sweatpants (requested), along with some Vitamin C drops and some packages of travel-tissues. (She had a cold this past week.) <BR> <BR> Also -- thinking of holidays (Halloween/Autumn)... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 11:46:42 EST My son leaves for college Friday.. .waaaah! Hi All, This is my son's second year in college and I thought that I would be fine with him returning to college in Boston (we live in the DC area), being that it's his second year and I survived. But I have been having butterflies, wakeful nights, and a little weepy too. He's been home all summer and it's been great having him around!! I just was surprised at my reaction and wondered if anyone has experienced this the second year?? <BR> <BR> Thanks Almost Empty Nesters!! Wed, 9 Sep 2009 12:53:49 EST Saying hello.... I was looking for a team for parents of first-time college students and this one was closest :-) <BR> <BR> My daughter is a freshman at college this year, close to 700 miles away. She is handling the transition very well. And I am adjusting too. <BR> <BR> My son is in high school, and I am happy to have him as an "only child" for a few years ;-) <BR> <BR> Nice to meet all of you. <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Sep 2009 08:40:32 EST Thanks! Dear team, Thanks for the gold star (for fitness minutes). I appreciate it. Hope everyone is well. <BR> <em>252</em> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 18 Aug 2009 21:01:26 EST 6 down, 1 to go! Hello everyone~ I'm new to this team but not to SparkPeople. We have 7 kids, 4 married, one engaged, 1 20 yo bachelor, and one 17 yo dd still at home. We're looking over the fence at our empty nest and are looking forward to it! We love our kids, love being parents (most of the time) and grandparents--but we're almost done with the parenting part and are excited about it. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know you~ <BR> <BR> TerriJ Mon, 17 Aug 2009 16:43:27 EST Hey there hey there <BR> <BR> I just joined today-but from reading your posts- I feel like I know everyone on this team <BR> <BR> My oldest is 19 and youngest is 16. Both boys. <BR> <BR> My 19 year old didn't want to go away to college, he's 40 minutes from home and home every weekend. Good thing- because I'm not ready to let go. (Like I ever will be!) <BR> <BR> A few short months ago friday nights consisted of "the band" waiting for me to whip up the nachos and wings. add 15 lbs <BR> <BR> Now... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 20:25:01 EST Hi All...I am new to this team Just discovered your team. I am a happy mom of two "kids." My son just finished this first year at Emerson College in Boston and is now home for the summer! My daughter is a live-at-home grad student of Univ. of MD. I have been through the struggle of leaving them off at college for the first time and boy does it ache. I cried for days when each of them left. It gets a little easier as time goes by, but it's one of the hardest things to do. They are both around this summer, and hubby a... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 14:58:13 EST Glad I found this team Hello everyone. I am reconnecting with Sparkpeople after a long absence. I turn 50 next month, then send my son, my only bio child, off to college in another state in the fall. I also have a stepdaughter who just finished her freshman year in college (also in another state) and who is home for the summer. Have noticed in the last year that I seem to have hit another metabolism slowdown, so the weight is creeping up, just as the body seems less inclined to move. I don't have a lot to lose, but... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 10:58:29 EST Outside activities Game Okay, new game challenge---this will be fun and interesting. Name an outside activity. <BR> Here goes: <BR> Flower gardening Mon, 1 Jun 2009 08:24:15 EST How did this College year go for your student(s)? Well, Michael's first year is over---finished this semester with a 3.7 GPA---so no problems keeping the Honors Scholarship---YIPPEE! <BR> I saw on TV the other day a news report on college grads coming out with big loans and not knowing how they are going to pay for them. I am truly grateful that his education is paid for as long as he keeps his grades up and remains at that school. Thu, 28 May 2009 20:30:38 EST I Propose a ticker Tape for inches lost Five weeks into the program,, and I'm working my fanny off, literally!! <BR> My hips have decreased by 2.5 inches! My waistline is a svelte 1.5 inches smaller. My thighs don't hug my jeans as much, because they are one whole inch firmer. <BR> Yet my scale has only gone down a mere 3 pounds!! <BR> I do feel wonderful about my accomplishments. i know how hard I have worked to achieve these results. My clothes fit me much better, and I feel stronger, and have better endurance.. <BR> Yet, som... Mon, 25 May 2009 10:23:50 EST ArtyMarty's Sketchbook Help.....I'm starting again. I started sparkin' in January and I blinked and it's now May 18th! I sent my daughter off to college and gained her freshman twenty. <BR> I'm not happy. She survived and I have no clothes that fit. <BR> Any suggestions? <BR> <em>9</em> <em>24</em> <em>46</em> <em>36</em> Mon, 18 May 2009 08:30:40 EST